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Senior / Principal Combat Designer

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πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Irvine, CA

Senior / Principal Combat Designer (AAA, Open World)


Lightspeed LA is looking for a highly creative and technical Combat Designer who has a passion for building AAA open world games. This role is responsible for driving core combat systems for the player and enemy AI. As a Senior Combat Designer, you will collaborate with Art, Design, and Tech to bring cutting edge AAA combat experiences to life.

Required Skills:

  • 5+ years of experience in gameplay design, including senior or lead experience
  • Extensive experience building combat systems for player characters and / or enemies
  • Establish core combat functionality and pipeline with designers, engineers, and animators
  • Drive the vision, prototyping, implementation, and fine tuning of combat systems from concept to completion including controls, balance, animation implementation and tuning, environmental interaction, sound effects, and visual effects
  • Proven ability to implement and troubleshoot complex character logic through scripting
  • Design compelling AI archetypes, gameplay scenarios, and encounters that cover a dynamic range of intensity and complexity
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to convey difficult and abstract concepts to all disciplines
  • Collaborate with others to establish and maintain high quality design practices and metrics
  • Partner closely with other disciplines to ensure that combat systems complement narrative, art, technical and design decisions

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong technical knowledge of scripting languages or code is preferred
  • Possess an extensive knowledge of competing products, a deep understanding of the complex overlap between combat and open world gameplay systems and an expert grasp of combat timing and feel.
  • Experience with modern game engines and visual scripting (Unreal, Unity, etc.)
  • A passion for mentoring designers and leading by example
  • Shipped at least one AAA title from inception to finish