Associate World Director [Star Wars Project]

Sep 10, 2022
Toronto, Canada
... Not specified
... Senior
Full time
... Office work

On being an Associate World Director at Ubisoft Toronto:
As an Associate World Director at Ubisoft Toronto, you will be working together with the team at Massive Entertainment to create a new story-driven open-world video game set in the Star Wars galaxy. Our goal is to create a game and a story that bring both new and lifelong fans on an immersive and outstanding journey, which will stay with them for years to come.

You will be in charge of the consistency and quality of the world, as defined by the creative vision. Part of the core team, you will ensure the richness and coherence of the game world by overseeing the logic, rules, world-building and system interactions in order to create a rich world for players to explore. You will be the reference, point of contact for the team, concerning justification of world-building choices, and be responsible for the alignment of creative decisions to the microcosm of the game world being built.

Type of Position: Permanent, full-time.

What you'll do:

  • Create an achievable and consistent world direction, by having a good understanding of the game mechanics, systems, technical limitations, and production capacity;
  • Create World Bible, centralize the documentation & research, in collaboration with the other directors in the core team;
  • Be owner of the logic of the world and provide game-appropriate inputs to the Narrative, Art & design teams in alignment with the overall creative vision;
  • For example; geological origins, Landscape, climate, biomes, fauna, population, urbanism, culture, tech, society, governments, laws, etc, depending on the nature and needs of the game
  • Work with the creative director to ensure that the world direction is aligned with the creative director’s vision;
  • Communicate and ensure consistency of the vision for the world to all others involved (Level Design, Level Art and Technical Direction);
  • Organize and expand canonical fiction of the game world;
  • Act as the evangelist for exploration-focused play, with the goal of a game world that inspires and rewards the curiosity of players;
  • Work with game design to define the rules of the world, and the systems that will convey them to the player, ultimately shaping the activities and gameplay for the players;
  • Oversee implementation of prototypes to ensure a living world, which is rich, interesting, credible and conforms to the initial intention;
  • Overall responsible for the layout of the world (landmarks, point of interests etc.) and ensure the level design direction, art direction for the world is consistent with your world vision, and the creative directors overall vision;
  • With the producer and/or creative director, determine the production priorities and eventual scope adjustments as pertaining to the world;
  • Understand consumer needs and ensure that the developed elements contribute to player satisfaction and enjoyment; 
  • Create a work environment that motivates the design leads and fosters creativity.

What you bring:

  • Relevant experience on a game team;
  • Shipped titles in a relevant role;
  • 2+ years leadership experience;
  • Knowledge of creating immersive worlds;
  • Excellent gameplay building and placing skills;
  • Knowledge of the limitations of the various engines and game platforms an asset;
  • Strong understanding of systems design and experience designing for emergent behaviors;
  • Knowledge of transmedia strategy;
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of the video game development process;
  • Ability to effectively communicate guidelines;
  • Ability to revise the work done by others and suggest improvements if necessary;
  • Ability to present your ideas, impart the world direction and provide constructive criticism;
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with members of the graphics dept, game design, and gameplay programming and other project teams;
  • Passion for video games and in-depth, extensive knowledge of the industry.

What to send our way:

  • Your CV, highlighting your education, experience, skills, and any games shipped

We Offer:

  • A hybrid, flexible work model
  • Six weeks of vacation
  • An enhanced parental leave program
  • Comprehensive Total Rewards Package:
    • Disability Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Extended medical insurance
    • (Optional) RRSP contribution
    • Relocation Assistance
    • Bonus (If Applicable)

Life at Ubisoft
At Ubisoft Toronto, we look for people who are excited to create the future of games in one of the most diverse cities in the world. We believe that embracing our individuality helps us build stronger creative teams and develop better games for all players.

When you’re a member of our team, your professional development is a priority. You’ll have opportunities to be challenged, learn and grow in your role. Pushing the boundaries of what’s possible within game development while working with Ubisoft’s most powerful technologies – from game engines to performance capture and more. Annual performance reviews and salary increases will help you further your career and grow with our studio. We also offer hybrid remote work options, six weeks of vacation for all employees, an enhanced parental leave program, a comprehensive health benefits package, generous RRSP matching, industry education support, training and career development.

We celebrate the big and small moments together – with virtual events, get togethers, giveaways and more. In addition to our “right to disconnect” philosophy, the studio offers a variety of health and wellness initiatives including yoga, an on-site gym, flexible work hours, and other programs to create a better, sustainable work environment for our teams.

We encourage you to read our Code of Conduct prior to applying. It is our collective responsibility at Ubisoft Toronto to maintain a respectful and inclusive work environment, and be the best possible place to work and grow. Knowing and respecting our Code of Conduct’s principles and guidelines is key to achieving that goal.

Join Us!

At Ubisoft Toronto, we believe diversity is our studio’s biggest strength. We’re committed to creating an inclusive workplace that reflects the diversity of our players and community,  celebrates the individuality of our team members and embodies our core values – trust, integrity, excellence and care.

We encourage applications from First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or a member of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Accommodations are available upon request.

Skills and competencies show up in different forms and can be based on different kinds of experiences. That's why we strongly encourage you to apply even though you may not have all the requirements listed above.

If this sounds like your kind of studio, what are you waiting for?

We thank you for your interest, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No agencies please.

Additional Information
All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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