Ubisoft Toronto is one of the largest development studios within Ubisoft, employing talented people from around the world. We create worlds and tell stories that grip you, inspire you and challenge you. Since opening in 2010, we have shipped innovative game projects on some of Ubisoft’s biggest brands: Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, Watch Dogs, For Honor and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell.
Are you looking to work with enthusiastic experts who are tackling industry-changing challenges in entertainment and beyond? At Ubisoft Toronto, we are always striving to get better, be better and do better – embracing innovative ideas, exploring new technologies, and working together courageously and collaboratively.
What you’ll do as a Narrative Designer:
Part of a collaborative team focused on creating a rich experience for players in a linear story allowing them to make meaningful choices;
Partner with scriptwriters to create compelling stories and key narrative mechanics within the game;
Partner with the team to understand the overall game vision;
Help embrace and champion the creative and narrative vision of the game.
Brainstorm and research ideas + discuss your findings with collaborative, cross- discipline teams;
Pitch your ideas, create proposals, documentation, in collaboration with both writers and other disciplines to fully realize narrative features and content for the game;
Carefully construct interactive narratives with an economic approach to dialogue choice and consequence while centering the player experience;
Drive the design and implementation of engaging missions and continuously evaluate their quality, coherence, and iterate accordingly;
Act as a bridge between narrative and other disciplines, as well as an advocate for storytelling in various aspects of the game when needed;
Communicate relevant updates regularly across the entire team.
Create and maintain detailed narrative design documents to guide cross-functional teams throughout production;
Be open to feedback and repeatedly iterate on narrative content in the dynamic environment that game development requires;
Be able to critically, constructively, and succinctly provide narrative feedback to team members from multiple disciplines;
Be able to act as a game narrative expert supporting other disciplines in art, audio, and design;
Work with our engine and toolset for mission and dialog scripting, writing, data management, etc.
Thoroughly work with Oasis, Ubisoft’s proprietary writing tool and keep your story elements error-free;
Carry out all other related tasks;
What to send our way:
Your CV, highlighting your education, experience, and skills;
A variety of samples of your best work (attach files or send us a link to your personal website or online portfolio). The samples should demonstrate your ability to construct a branching, non-linear story, branching or interactive story. Additionally, a demonstration of how you create narrative mechanics is a plus.
We know that skills and competencies show up in different forms and can be based on different experiences. If you are excited about the role, we strongly encourage you to apply even though you may not have all the qualifications listed below.
Deep, intuitive understanding of linear, non-linear and branching narrative, systemic narrative practices and game production processes;
Strong storytelling and character development abilities.
An understanding of content creation pipelines and tools.
A passion for video games as a storytelling medium;
A highly creative, collaborative, and innovative spirit;
Curiosity, flexibility, and plenty of resourcefulness;
Excellent organizational, communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills;
Rigorous documentation skills.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Experience working with multi-disciplinary teams
Adaptable and problem-solving mindset.
Ability to adapt to feedback and to iterate on design;
Experience with branching tools;
A degree in Creative Writing, Literature, Film, Game Design or equivalent;
3+ years of game development experience or related experience;
Knowledge of mission design is an asset;
System design experience is an asset;
Experience in visual scripting is an asset.
A hybrid, flexible work model
Five weeks of vacation + one week office closure around the December holidays
An enhanced parental leave program
Comprehensive Total Rewards Package:
Extended medical insurance
(Optional) RRSP contribution
Relocation Assistance (If Applicable)
Bonus (If Applicable)
You can learn more about Life at Ubisoft here: https://toronto.ubisoft.com/life-at-ubisoft/
At Ubisoft Toronto, we believe diversity is our studio’s biggest strength. We’re committed to creating an inclusive workplace that reflects the diversity of our player community, is inclusive and respectful of the individuality of our team and embodies our core values – trust, integrity, excellence and care.
We encourage applications from First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQIA+. Ubisoft Toronto is committed to providing accommodations for accessibility upon request.
Please read our Code of Conduct prior to applying. It is our collective responsibility at Ubisoft Toronto to maintain a respectful and inclusive work environment, and be the best possible place to work and grow. Knowing and respecting our Code of Conduct’s principles and guidelines is key to achieving that goal.
If this sounds like your kind of studio, what are you waiting for?
Ubisoft’s 21,000 team members, working across more than 30 countries around the world, are bound by a common mission to enrich players’ lives with original and memorable gaming experiences. Their commitment 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 both 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.