Level / Environment Designer (Multiplayer)

Summary:

For over 30 years, Naughty Dog has been crafting best-selling, critically acclaimed games that constantly push the boundaries of narrative, gameplay, and technology. Our most recent game, The Last of Us Part II, has received over 300 Game of the Year awards and three of our games are among the top 10 highest scored games on the PlayStation 4. As a part of the Naughty Dog legacy, you’ll become a part of continuing the development of extraordinary and enduring experiences for a broad, global range of audiences.

Embark on Naughty Dog’s newest adventure – the studio’s first standalone multiplayer game! We’re seeking to bring the same level of ambition and quality of our signature, story-driven games to this unique multiplayer project. This is a rare opportunity to make an impact in your discipline and craft an experience that will be enjoyed and shared by millions of players around the world. 

Our level design process is based around giving the designer the maximum amount of control and flexibility over the design of the space: rather than assembling prefabs, our level designers model directly in 3D. If you're someone who can create realistic spaces with strong identity and compelling gameplay, we would love to talk to you! 

Responsibilities: 

  • Plan and model simplified geometry environmental layouts, place game objects, and script level progression 
  • Develop plans for map updates and evolutions 
  • Coordinate extensive play-testing, reviews, and iteration 
  • Collaborate with artists, programmers, animators and other game designers to craft the vision of your spaces 
  • Act as producer for spaces you design as well as other parts of the game, facilitating communication across disciplines, clearing dependencies, and ensuring deadlines are met 
  • Design and champion gameplay systems, conventions, and scenarios  
  • Additional responsibilities may be assigned as needed 

Requirements & Skills:

  • Eye for art composition, architectural concepts, and an ability to create evocative shapes 
  • Good working knowledge of Maya, 3DS Max, or similar 3D package 
  • Understanding of simple scripting/programming concepts using a language such as C#, Lua, Javascript, or Python 
  • Proficient and effective communication skills 
  • Welcomes criticism and collaborates well as part of a diverse team, innovating without losing sight of the gameplay vision 
  • Understanding of the multiplayer gaming landscape 
  • Preferred: 3+ years designing levels for multiplayer games 

As part of the Naughty Dog application process, candidates should expect to complete a design test.

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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 Teams video 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.