Senior Narrative Designer

Jun 29, 2024
Santa Monica, United States
... Not specified
... Senior
Full time
... Office work

Job Title:

Senior Narrative Designer

Requisition ID:

R023448

Job Description:

Elsewhere Entertainment is looking for a Senior Narrative Designer to join the development of a new IP.


Feed your creativity while collaborating with our team of highly-skilled developers to build something innovative, exhilarating, and expansively entertaining.


As a member of the narrative department, you’ll create memorable characters and compelling plots as well as design and write the many types of fictional stories, dialogues, cinematics, and other texts in our game.


As a member of the project, you’ll help take the studio and our game from great to even better—with a focus on inclusivity, mutual respect (for ourselves and our players), thoughtfulness, empathy, professionalism, and collaboration.

If you’re a passionate writer and a positive, respectful collaborator who enjoys cross-department communication and creative problem-solving as a part of your workflow, we’d love to talk to you!


You’ll help us by…

  • Developing a new intellectual property’s foundational lore

  • Collaborating with the narrative team and other departments in creating the game’s locations, characters, plots, and more

  • Writing and revising game dialogue and cinematic scripts

  • Taking narrative ownership of a key narrative feature of the game

  • Designing, writing, and implementing all types of storytelling and in-game text

  • Crafting detailed backstories for the game's locations, characters, and more

  • Becoming proficient in using the game's narrative tool

  • Providing constructive feedback on others’ work

  • Acting as a liaison to other departments, conveying the consistent narrative vision of the project

  • Assisting with character casting, and preparing scripts for and attending VO and Mocap sessions

  • Mentoring staff and associate narrative designers

  • Ensuring all tasks are completed according to given specifications and agreed timelines

  • Performing any additional narrative design responsibilities as assigned by Narrative Leadership


You’re awesome because you have…

  • Proven experience (5+ years) as a professional Narrative Designer (or some combination of applicable training and experience)

  • Proven and strong skills as a writer and editor

  • The ability to collaborate and thrive as part of a creative team

  • No problem working independently; are self-driven in taking ownership of tasks in a highly confidential environment

  • Creativity in problem solving and a positive, respectful team-first attitude

  • Experience pitching game narrative concepts in a clear, detailed manner, through strong written and verbal skills

  • Organization methods and the capability to meet timelines

  • Comfort with self-critique and accepting outside feedback

  • A habit of regularly playing and understanding modern video games


Bonus points for…

  • Experience with writing for AAA games

  • One or more shipped titles

  • Experience with technical narrative design (implementation in tools, visual scripting, etc)

  • Published writing (novels, short fiction, film, television, comics, etc)

  • Enjoyment of playing a variety of video game genres and titles


Not sure you meet all qualifications? Let us decide! Research shows that women and members of other under-represented groups tend to not apply to jobs when they think they may not meet every qualification, when, in fact, they often do! At Activision, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply.


Our World

At Activision, we strive to create the most iconic brands in gaming and entertainment. We’re driven by our mission to deliver unrivaled gaming experiences for the world to enjoy, together. We are home to some of the most beloved entertainment franchises including Call of Duty®, Crash Bandicoot™, Tony Hawk’s™ Pro Skater™, and Guitar Hero®. As a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and products, our “press start” is simple: delight hundreds of millions of players around the world with innovative, fun, thrilling, and engaging entertainment experiences.


We’re not just looking back at our decades-long legacy; we’re forging ahead to keep advancing gameplay with some of the most popular titles and sophisticated technology in the world. We have bold ambitions to create the most inclusive company as we know our success comes from the passionate, creative, and diverse teams within our organization.


We’re in the business of delivering fun and unforgettable entertainment for our player community to enjoy. And our future opportunities have never been greater — this could be your opportunity to level up.


Ready to Activate Your Future?


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Rewards

We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered!  Subject to eligibility requirements, the Company offers comprehensive benefits including:

  • Medical, dental, vision, health savings account or health reimbursement account, healthcare spending accounts, dependent care spending accounts, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance;
  • 401(k) with Company match, tuition reimbursement, charitable donation matching;
  • Paid holidays and vacation, paid sick time, floating holidays, compassion and bereavement leaves, parental leave;
  • Mental health & wellbeing programs, fitness programs, free and discounted games, and a variety of other voluntary benefit programs like supplemental life & disability, legal service, ID protection, rental insurance, and others;
  • If the Company requires that you move geographic locations for the job, then you may also be eligible for relocation assistance.

Eligibility to participate in these benefits may vary for part time and temporary full-time employees and interns with the Company.  You can learn more by visiting https://www.benefitsforeveryworld.com/.

In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $80,800.00 - $149,400.00 Annual. These values reflect the expected base pay range of new hires across all U.S. locations. Ultimately, your specific range and offer will be based on several factors, including relevant experience, performance, and work location. Your Talent Professional can share this role’s range details for your local geography during the hiring process. In addition to a competitive base pay, employees in this role may be eligible for incentive compensation. Incentive compensation is not guaranteed.
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