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Campaign Systems Designer

We are looking for talented and experienced Campaign System Designers to work directly with Design Leads and the Design Director to build compelling meta-systems and engaging game systems.
Our ideal candidate has AAA console and first person shooter experience.  As well as experience with and exposure to multiple types of Game Systems (player mechanics, progression, combat, social, etc).  Additionally the candidate should have superior people and soft skills.
Working from high level design direction you will create and refine a series of proposals and prototypes that will be developed into clear designs and requirements ready for implementation.  Once in production, you will own the features from start to finish and have responsibility for implementation details, tuning and fun factor.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Develop prototypes that clearly articulate the vision of the features which you are responsible for.
  • Pitch Concepts, designs and full-proposals to project leads.
  • Spearhead the collaborative process with engineers, artists, animators and other cross-disciplinary teams to execute on game systems.
  • Identify and resolve conflicts with other disciplines in a way that best meets the design goals of the project.
  • Review work at various stages of implementation to ensure the execution matches the vision, goals and quality requirements.
  • Routinely collect feedback from user-testing, team playtests, the development team and design management.  Identify solutions to the problems expressed that won’t negatively impact other systems or mechanics.
  • Using a mix of playtest experiences, usability-testing and instrumented game data, tune the gameplay content to be competitive and balanced, yet still fun to use but not frustrating when on the other side of it.
  • Build a rewards (currency, experience points, unlocks, etc.) pacing that keeps the player engaged.

Campaign team responsibilities:

  • Develop systems for game content that is identified by Mission Design needs.
  • Educate other members of the Campaign Design team in the proper use of features you are responsible for.  As well as what is available for their use.
  • Be in constant sync with the Campaign development process and goals to help achieve a consistent overall experience for our players.
  • Look for opportunities to increase consistency with Competitive Multiplayer system designs.

The skills and experience you’ll need:

  • Excellent understanding of first-person combat and game mechanics.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Absolute passion for playing and making videogames, paired with a professional attitude.
  • Excel in a team environment, is self-motivated, and egoless.
  • 3 or more years of game systems design experience on one or more shipped games.

Pluses:

  • A love for FPSs.
  • Experience designing UI to support game systems.
  • Experience with analytics tools and techniques.
  • Understanding of information architecture principals as a way to define game systems. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Experience using Illustrator or other software to communicate ideas.
  • Familiarity with scripting languages, or technical skills related to video game development.
  • Familiarity with a 3D level/world creation package, preferably Radiant.
 

Developing games since 1996, Treyarch is home to some of the Industry’s best and brightest talent.

Prior to entering development for Call of Duty®: Black Ops 3, the studio’s Call of Duty®: Black Ops 2 set world-wide launch day records, with its previous game Call of Duty®: Black Ops having also set an entertainment launch opening record (2010). Black Ops 2 continues to be one of the best-selling games of all time.
 
Treyarch is also the birthplace of Call of Duty’s Zombies.
 
We employ the world’s greatest engineering, design and creative talent and give them the cutting-edge technology, tools and resources that they need to thrive creatively, both on their own and as teams.
It is our life’s passion to create epic gameplay experiences that are enjoyed by as many video game fans as possible. We are driven by a deep sense of pride, constantly striving to do the best work of our careers, so fans can have the most fun of their lives.
To learn more about our studio, please visit us at www.treyarch.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/treyarch, and @treyarch on Twitter.
 

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