Associate Level Design Director
Ubisoft’s 19,000 team members, working across more than 40 locations worldwide, are bound by a common mission to enrich players’ lives with original and memorable gaming experiences. Their dedication and talent have brought to life many acclaimed franchises such as Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, Watch Dogs, Just Dance, Rainbow Six, and many more to come. Ubisoft is an equal opportunity employer that believes diverse backgrounds and perspectives are key to creating worlds where players and teams can thrive and express themselves. If you are excited about solving game-changing challenges, cutting-edge technologies, and pushing the boundaries of entertainment, we invite you to join our journey and help us create the unknown.
Ubisoft Toronto was founded in 2010 and has contributed to many award-winning Ubisoft brands, including Assassin’s Creed®, Far Cry®, For Honor™ and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell®. In 2018, the team at Ubisoft Toronto developed its first new IP, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, and a new technology that seamlessly blends physical and digital gameplay. In 2020, Ubisoft Toronto led the development of the newest game in the Watch Dogs franchise – Watch Dogs: Legion. Ubisoft Toronto received praise for the tech and design work, for creating the first game you can play as anyone in an open world, and for its rich and detailed rendition of a future London. Now, in 2021, Ubisoft Toronto is on the verge of shipping Far Cry 6, the most ambitious Far Cry game to date, featuring the talented Giancarlo Esposito. We’re also kicking off new projects, and we can’t wait to share more details once we’re ready.
Are you looking to work with enthusiastic experts who are tackling industry-changing challenges in entertainment and beyond? At Ubisoft, we offer an open environment where teams embrace innovative ideas and share knowledge with a genuine collaborative spirit.
On being an Associate Level Design Director at Ubisoft Toronto
As an Associate Level Design Director at UbiTO, you will help plan a content-rich world, and guide a team of level designers in bringing its quests and locations to life. As the connection between the design vision and your team members, you clearly communicate information that allows each one to grasp the intended experience you’re collectively trying to achieve.
Throughout production, your team can rely on your technical and creative expertise to navigate the level design process – and overcome any obstacles that come their way. While your designers focus on their areas of ownership, you pay attention to the larger picture. You ensure that every mission and place seamlessly combine to create an engaging journey for players to discover.
The daily life of an Associate Level Design Director at Ubisoft Toronto
- Collaborate with core team members to develop the overall design vision;
- Brainstorm and research to plan the mission & world guidelines.
- Help outline the gameplay experience (landmarks, encounters, flow, rhythm, tension, pacing, variety, etc.);
- Participate in prototyping to experiment with designs & explore opportunities;
- Meet with your team to reinforce the design vision, set benchmarks, tackle setbacks, etc;
- Review and provide feedback on integrated work and gameplay features to achieve quality;
- Balance artistic aspects with technical constraints to align all technical, design, graphic, and narrative features;
- Keep the core team up to date on progress and feasibility;
- Find solutions to issues uncovered by playtesters and cross-functional teams (get to the root of problems to solve them);
- Mentor and grow your Level Design team.
What it takes to make it
- A college diploma in Game Design or equivalent (undergraduate degree an asset);
- At least 5 years of experience in the video game industry or other relevant experience + 2 years of leadership;
- Knowledge of game engines (e.g. Unity or Unreal) & their limitations, 2D art tools (e.g. Photoshop), and 3D software (e.g. 3DS Max, Maya, or ZBrush);
- A highly collaborative, innovative, creative, and empathetic spirit;
- Critical thinking, curiosity, resourcefulness, and plenty of flexibility;
- Excellent problem-solving, organizational, communication, interpersonal, presentation, and mentorship skills;
- Ability to accept feedback and adapt to it.
We know that skills and competencies show up in different forms and can be based on different experiences. That's why we strongly encourage you to apply even though you may not have all the requirements listed above.
What to send our way
- Your CV, highlighting your education, experience, skills, and any games shipped
- We Offer:
- Competitive Salary
- Comprehensive Benefits Package:
- Disability Insurance
- Dental Insurance
- Extended medical insurance
- (Optional) RRSP contribution
- Relocation Assistance
- Bonus (If Applicable)
Why Ubisoft Toronto?
At Ubisoft Toronto, we look for people who are excited to create the future of games in one of the most diverse cities in the world. We believe that embracing our individuality helps us build stronger creative teams and develop better games for all players.
When you’re a member of our team, your professional development is a priority. Ubisoft Toronto conducts annual performance reviews and salary increases to help you further your career and grow with our studio. We also offer a comprehensive health benefits package, generous RRSP matching, industry education support, training, and career development.
We host regular team celebrations, organize events for employees and their families, and we offer a variety of health and wellness initiatives including yoga, on-site occupational therapy, flexible work hours, and continuing programs to promote a balanced life.
Join us and see for yourself why Ubisoft is rated one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, and one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People multiple years running!
At Ubisoft Toronto, we believe diversity is our studio’s biggest strength. We’re committed to creating an inclusive work environment that reflects the diversity of our player community and is inclusive and respectful of the individuality of our team.
We encourage applications from Indigenous people, racialized people, neurodivergent people, people with disabilities, people from gender and sexually diverse communities and/or people with intersectional identities.
If this sounds like your kind of studio, what are you waiting for?
Ubisoft Toronto is committed to providing accommodations for accessibility upon request.
We thank you for your interest, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No agencies, please.
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