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Principal Combat Designer

Aspyr Media, Inc. got its start in Austin, TX by bringing the biggest PC gaming franchises such as Call of Duty, Sid Meier’s Civilization and Star Wars to Mac. 

Today, Aspyr finds the world’s best games and connects them to new audiences on all platforms. Aspyr brings best-in-class engineering, production and publishing teams to quickly broaden the reach of the industry’s best gaming experiences

Join the studio as we grow and work with some of the biggest studios in the world bringing different genres and games to market. 

Position Summary: 

Aspyr is seeking a Principal Combat Designer to design, execute, and iterate upon combat systems and gameplay encounters in a highly-collaborative environment for an upcoming AAA Role-Playing Game. 


In this role, you will work closely with the Lead Designer, Systems Designers and Level Designers to ensure that combat and related gameplay have a best-in-class feel while maintaining accessibility and depth. 


The ideal candidate will have proven experience in combat feel, AI behaviors, ability balance, as well as presentation and controls. 



Job Description:

Main Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Design, document, and iterate upon combat systems and gameplay loops

  • Design, maintain, and balance Player and NPC Abilities

  • Creation and maintenance of AI Behavior Trees and related scripting 

  • Combat Encounter composition and balance

  • Work closely with Engineers to create the back-end systems and tools necessary to drive engaging combat experiences

  • Own the combat experience; participate in playtests and adapt to feedback throughout development

  • Collaborate and communicate with Engineers, Systems Designers, Level Designers, Character Artists, Animators, and VFX Artists



Required Skills:

  • 5+ years game development experience in a Design role

  • At least 1 shipped title in a Senior-to-Lead Combat Design Role

  • Extensive knowledge of AI Behaviors and scripting

  • Experience with balancing Player and NPC Combat Actions and abilities

  • Knowledge of current industry trends with regards to combat and gameplay

  • Strong problem-solving and time-management skills

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to work collaboratively and adapt to feedback, design, and scope changes throughout development


Extra Credit

  • Experience with Unreal Engine

  • Experience with scripting languages (C++, C#, Lua, etc)

  • Strong technical writing and documentation skills

  • The ability to explain complex topics to non-technical teammates

  • Understanding of cinematography, UI, and other concepts that relate to how combat is presented to the Player

  • Love of role-playing games and a grasp on the relationships between combat and other gameplay systems to enable Players to solve problems multiple ways


Aspyr Media is an EOE and M/F/D/V employer.