Combat Designer, New World

Oct 07, 2023
Irvine, United States
... Not specified
... Intermediate
Full time
... Office work
- 3+ years of Games Industry (supporting title Development, Release, or Live Ops) experience
- 3+ years as a combat designer or similar gameplay related role
- 3+ years of scripting language experienceAt Amazon, we believe that games and connected experiences are the future of entertainment. If you share our belief that games will produce some of the future’s most influential voices in media and art, come join us!

We are looking for a Combat Designer to join the New World team at Amazon Game Studios, Orange County. New World is a Sandbox MMO set in an alternate version of the 17th Century. As a Combat Designer you’ll be responsible for inventing and developing unique and exciting combat mechanics and weapons for New World. You will work with a team of animators and programmers to bring your vision to life. We’re looking for gameplay focused designers that strive to create responsive, fun and flowing gameplay experiences.

Key job responsibilities
Create concepts for new combat mechanics and weapons that bring something new and unique to the game while fitting in the world

Write design documents that communicate your vision to the rest of the team

Work with the animation team to describe timings, distances, and other animation keys which result in responsive, fun gameplay

Work with programmers to create custom functionality for new weapons or characters

Script gameplay logic and integrate animations into the game engine

Work in an iterative manner, where you playtest often, get team feedback and improve your work

Refine, tune, and polish your work to create highly polished, high quality combat experiences

About the team
Amazon Games aspires to be the most player and partner-obsessed company in gaming. We’re the place for builders and innovators to unleash their creativity. We connect players and developers to the games and communities they love. Our initiatives include game development, publishing, marketing, and live operations, integrated business operations to connect players and game developers.
In addition to releasing New World, an MMO set on a supernatural continent in the Age of Exploration, and publishing Lost Ark, from acclaimed studio Smilegate RPG, we are working on new IPs from our studios and teams in the US, Canada, and Europe, along with other projects in varying stages of development.
With Prime Gaming, Game Growth, and our Twitch channel, Crown, we’re inventing within an incredible sandbox to explore new and thrilling ways to bring exciting gaming experiences to players worldwide.
We believe in building teams and products that reflect and offer an inclusive environment for all our employees and players. We encourage our teams to push boundaries, challenge each other, and learn new ways to unlock their full potential. We are growing and creating as we go - we want you to join us on this journey!

We are open to hiring candidates to work out of one of the following locations:

Irvine, CA, USA | Seattle, WA, USA- Have worked on a third person action melee combat game
- Shipped a AAA title as combat designer
- Experience scripting in modern engines (Lumberyard, Unreal, Unity, etc…)
- Strong technical scripting skills and ability to learn new technologies
- Strong animation understanding and fluency
- Experience developing combat systems for online games
- Deep understanding of the competitive, multiplayer game landscape
- Meets/exceeds Amazon’s leadership principles requirements for this role.
- Meets/exceeds Amazon’s functional/technical depth and complexity for this role.

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Our compensation reflects the cost of labor across several US geographic markets. The base pay for this position ranges from $64,300/year in our lowest geographic market up to $154,600/year in our highest geographic market. Pay is based on a number of factors including market location and may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. Amazon is a total compensation company. Dependent on the position offered, equity, sign-on payments, and other forms of compensation may be provided as part of a total compensation package, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits. For more information, please visit Applicants should apply via our internal or external career site.
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