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PLAY, GROW and WIN

To be a part of Virtuos means to be a creator and aim at excellence.

At Virtuos, we harness the latest technologies to make video games better and more immersive than ever before. That is why we pride ourselves in constantly pushing the boundaries of possibility since our founding in 2004.

Virtuosi are a team of experts – people who have come together to share their mutual passion for producing high-quality games. People who share the same enthusiasm in exploring new ideas and the constant drive to excel in their field. People who believe in earning success through dedication.

As a group, Virtuos has become a recognized leader in its field, has been growing faster than its peers have in recent years, and is pursuing an aggressive global expansion strategy. To this end, we are seeking an experienced Senior Game Designer who can join our team and help pave the way towards our new goals.

About the position

With over 2,000 staff, Virtuos is one of the largest and most recognized game developers. Since 2004, Virtuos has contributed to hundreds of games on all major platforms.

Our track record is full of achievements. Virtuos has worked with 15 of the top 20 game companies worldwide (Square Enix, Warner Bros., 2K, Ubisoft, EA, Activision, Sony, Microsoft...) by contributing to many of their largest AAA, New-Gen titles as well as shipping over 10 co-developed titles each year in recent years. Virtuos aims at being the Number One game development partner by providing the best games and art to developers and publishers worldwide.

Our French studio located in Cergy is specialized in co-development on Xbox, PlayStation and PC platforms, and contributed to Batman - Return to Arkham (2016), L.A. Noire : The V.R. Case Files (2017), Vampyr (2018), Assassin's Creed Liberation Remastered (2019), The Outer Worlds (2019), Marvel's Avengers (2020) and Horizon Zero Dawn : Complete Edition (2020).

As a Senior Game Designer, you will be responsible for developing and monitoring game systems, missions and interfaces (as well as the other interactive elements of the project) in order to bring the vision of the Creative Director into a playable experience. In a context of job creation within a well-established team, you will contribute to ambitious and growing projects.

Responsibilities

  • Takes ownership of the game mechanics and strategies, makes a plan for how they should be used in game, and works closely with Programming, Animation and Designers to drive development towards the vision laid out by the Creative Director;

  • Create game systems that answer the needs of the Creative Director with regard to the targeted experience for the player, while observing the production directives of the game;

  • Standardize, document and communicate the systems to the game team. Regularly update documentation to offer a useful work reference to the whole team, at all time;

  • Participate actively to the production of prototypes in order to adjust and validate systems prior to starting production. Assess the success of prototypes by measuring how objectives are met;

  • Adjust the game to allow the player to elaborate valid strategies in phase with the experience sought (with balance in mind);

  • Define the tactics and challenges of the player to be used within the game missions;

  • Define the information needed by the player to make interesting choices and adapted to his/her situation in the game, interface or menus. Collaborate with Graphic, Audio, Programming and scripted event teams (and others) to ensure the optimal communication of this information;

  • Participate to the development of tools required to implement and adjust game systems in collaboration with Programmers;

  • Perform any other related tasks, as required.

Qualifications

Key Skills/Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 4-5 years experience working within the game industry (Shipped at least 1 title).

  • Highly proficient in system design and game design;

  • Good project management skills , time management skills with a proven ability to focus on priorities, all while maintaining a positive outlook.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with different audiences on a broad range of topics, e.g. technical, business and creative (spoken and written)

  • Genuine interest and passion for games, especially strategy and/or board gaming.

  • A College Diploma or Degree in video game level design and production or equivalent work/educational experience.

Bonus Skills:

  • Strategy or Deck building Game Design Experience ;

  • Experience in Game Balancing ;

  • Experience utilizing the Unity Game Engine;

  • Original IP development experience;

  • Experience in utilizing JIRA task management.