Narrative Designer / Writer (Temporary Assignment)

This position is for a temporary engagement through our staffing partner Yoh Services.

Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States for this position.

Summary:

Naughty Dog is looking for an experienced narrative designer/writer who understands the intimate relationship between gameplay and narrative.

The ideal candidate has a strong grasp of narrative structure and know how to build compelling character-driven stories. Additionally the candidate should have a good understanding of narrative techniques in games, a keen ear for dialogue, and have written professionally on at least one shipped game title.

Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the narrative development of game stories, characters, lore, etc.
  • Create dialogue and supporting narrative content for various game systems
  • Help the design team iterate on narrative delivery techniques
  • Collaborate with creative stakeholders to further and reinforce established narrative goals

Requirements & Skills:

  • 2+ years as a Writer in a professional capacity
  • Knowledge of contemporary gameplay and narrative design
  • Ability to adapt style to match the project’s current tone and character voices
  • Skills and experience to quickly turn around feedback-based revisions
  • Able to thrive in a fast-paced, creative environment
  • Candidates must provide an existing writing sample of their work for evaluation

Please include a link to your writing samples in the cover letter, or use the Website / Sample Work field in the application below.

As part of the Naughty Dog application process, candidates must provide an existing writing sample of their work for evaluation and may be asked to complete a test.

Please note, this is not a remote workable position. Candidates must be able to commute to our studio in Santa Monica, CA.

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If you don’t see your desired position listed—don’t fret! Just apply under the General Application tab and send us your resume, along with a link to your portfolio or demo reel (if applicable). Please do not send us any unsolicited game ideas, scripts, treatments, code, or other creative works. Sorry, Naughty Dog does not offer any internships or student work-study opportunities at this time.

Note to Recruiters and Placement Agencies: We do not accept unsolicited agency resumes. Please do not forward unsolicited agency resumes to our website or to any of our employees. We will not pay fees to any third party agency, outside recruiter or firm without a mutually agreed-upon contract and will not be responsible for any agency fees associated with unsolicited resumes. Unsolicited resumes received will be considered our property and will be processed accordingly.

It is the policy of Sony Interactive Entertainment, LLC. (SIE) to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. SIE does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, veteran status, marital status, or any other category protected by applicable federal and state law. SIE also makes reasonable accommodations for handicapped and disabled employees.

The Recruiting Process

We feel it is important to let you know how the recruiting process works here at Naughty Dog. Here is what you can expect from us:

  1. Upon submission, you will receive an automated message stating your resume has been received and will be reviewed thoroughly by our recruiting team.
  2. Due to the high volume of applications received, it is not possible to respond directly to each candidate.
  3. If you are selected, you will be contacted for an initial phone screen or test.
  4. The next step is a second phone or Skype interview, or an invite to come out and meet us at the studio.
  5. In the event that we choose not to move forward at any point in the recruiting process, we will let you know.
  6. If your qualifications do not match the criteria of a current position, your resume will be kept on file for future consideration.

Thank you for your interest in Naughty Dog.