Level Designer

Level Design · Frisco, Texas
Department Level Design
Employment Type Full Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

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Level Designer


The Gearbox Entertainment Company is an award-winning creator and distributor of entertainment for people around the world. Gearbox Entertainment develops and publishes products through its subsidiaries, Gearbox Software and Gearbox Publishing. Gearbox Entertainment has become widely known for successful game franchises including Brothers in Arms and Borderlands, as well as acquired properties Duke Nukem and Homeworld. Gearbox’s ambition is to entertain the world and its key driving objectives include the pursuit of happiness for our talent, partners and customers, the prioritization of entertainment and creativity and a measured respect for profitability. For more information, visit www.Gearbox.com.


Gearbox Software is looking for a passionate level designer to join us in crafting upcoming first person shooters. This role involves working with the Lead Level Designer and Creative Director to pitch, build, polish, and ship levels using Unreal Engine 4.  Level Designers are responsible for owning the vision of their levels, and working with a variety of other departments to see that vision come to fruition. It involves close collaborative work with artists, mission designers, writers, coders, and a variety of other disciplines to ensure the level ships on time at a high standard of quality, while also being fun and memorable to players. 


 Responsibilities: 

  • Develop single player and cooperative levels based on existing game design documents, direction from project leadership, and collaboration with peers. This involves taking a design all the way from a paper design to a shipping product, iterating over time based on feedback, creative goals, and project deadlines.
  • Prototype, iterate, and polish moment-to-moment gameplay while working with narrative designers, enemy designers, artists, and other disciplines to ensure quality combats and mission experiences for the final customers
  • Mentorship and sharing of expertise with junior level designers and other design staff. Ability to model a positive tone and work ethic to junior members of the team. Ability to provide and receive good feedback when iterating levels.


Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in Interactive Entertainment or Animation and up to two years of experience in Design (Narrative, Cinematics, Level or Combat Design) and demonstrated ability in the following areas:
  • Proven track record of building and shipping large level environments. Should include videos or screenshots of shipped levels, and any additional documentation showing design and iteration process.
  • Understanding of modern level design practices, including layout, pacing, technical implementation, and above all else creating fun experiences for players.
  • Strong eye towards aesthetics, with an ability to work hand-in-hand with art teams. Previous experience in a art role is a plus.
  • Excellent documentation, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills. Ability to maintain focus and self-motivation towards the current project goals.
  • Live near or be able to relocate to Frisco, Texas
  • Have shipped a AAA title, with a preference towards Unreal technology and first person shooters.


Bonus Points For:

  • Shipped games using Unreal 4 technology
  • Experience with the certification and shipping process on modern consoles
  • Experience working with large inter-disciplinary teams
  • Co-op and/or Online Multiplayer experience.
  • Previous leadership experience


Gearbox Entertainment believes that all team members should be able to enjoy a work environment free from all forms of discrimination and harassment. We are committed to reflecting the diversity of the world we strive to entertain. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we provide fair and equal treatment to all team members and applicants. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy or maternity, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state or local law.

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  • Location
    Frisco, Texas
  • Department
    Level Design
  • Employment Type
    Full Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Mid-level