Multiplayer Level Designer

Category: Level Designer
Company: Black Tusk Studios
Location: Vancouver (Canada)
Start Date: immediately

Job Description

Job Category: Software Engineering: Creative
Location: Vancouver, CA
Job ID: 876071-140449
Division: (Not Group Specific)

ABOUT BLACK TUSK:

Black Tusk Studios are a Microsoft 1st party development studio located in downtown Vancouver, Canada. We are the official home of the Gears of War franchise and our objective is to forge the future of the IP and push the limits of Microsoft’s entertainment platforms and devices. Our team is comprised of deep creative and technical expertise from our industry’s top shooter and action titles, working cohesively to delight our fan base and shatter expectations of what is possible.

MULTIPLAYER LEVEL DESIGNER

Black Tusk is looking for a Multiplayer Level Designer to design multiplayer maps for a future experience set in the Gears of War universe. Our ideal candidate possesses a mastery of multiplayer map design and layout, with a deep understanding of the relationship between level geometry and the creation of a balanced multiplayer shooter experience. This individual must demonstrate strong communication skills with the ability to work effectively within a large cross-disciplinary team. They should be driven by a passion to build an industry-leading multiplayer experience.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Own the design execution of engaging multiplayer levels from concept to building and tuning.
- Create in-engine prototypes of levels and gameplay ideas.
- Work collaboratively with art, animation, audio, engineering, and design to create memorable experiences.
- Take initiative in bringing parties together in order to execute the vision for the levels.
- Communicate and pitch the concept for multiplayer levels.
- Work with the Level Design Lead to create metrics and standards for play.
- Collaborate with the game designers, to use our gameplay systems smartly and find inspiring ways to make the game/level shine.
- Incorporate feedback from playtests and user research.

REQUIREMENTS:
- Must have 3+ years of experience in video games with at least one shipped title.
- Extensive experience hands-on developing multiplayer levels for a first-person-shooter or third-person-game. Experience with cover mechanics ideal.
- Mastery of 3D level design tools (UnrealEd, Kismet, Maya, Max, Hammer, Radiant or similar 3D editor).
- A passion for multiplayer gaming.
- Strong practical understanding of physical and architectural spaces, Bachelor’s degree in Design, Art or Architecture preferred.
- Previous experience and interest with a gameplay scripting language or high level programming language. Some artistic background, formal or otherwise, 2D or 3D, is a plus.
- Thorough knowledge of the game development process.
- Works well under deadlines and has strong verbal and written communication skills.

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Created on the 22-04-2014
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