• Senior Systems Designer

    Job Locations US-MD-Hunt Valley
    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    ZeniMax Online Studios is seeking a Senior Systems Designer to join our studio for the development of our next AAA game. This is a chance to join an experienced group of developers in pre-production for a new IP.


    This role will serve under the Lead Systems Designer to build gameplay systems and mechanics, and hone them to industry-leading quality. A developer in this role will serve as a project specialist in one or more areas of systems design and will collaborate with leads across all development disciplines in creating gameplay systems within their specialty.


    • Work with the Lead Systems Designer developing holistic gameplay systems aimed at a fluid, immersive player experience
    • Design, create, and maintain documentation for gameplay systems and mechanics
    • Focus and grow into a project specialist in one or more of the following areas of systems design:
    • Player movement and controls
    • Player abilities
    • Enemy behaviors and capabilities
    • Progression systems
    • Weapon and gear design
    • Roleplaying systems
    • Puzzles and mini-games
    • Collaborate with all development disciplines to bring gameplay systems from early vision to industry-shaping final implementation
    • Mentor systems designers and help them grow in their careers


    • Deeply creative with a great sense of what makes gameplay fun
    • Ability to work collaboratively in a cross-discipline development environment
    • Expert proficiency integrating imagery and text to deliver thorough, easy to understand design documents
    • Comfortable with a development schedule that is playtest-driven and focused on iteration and polish
    • Strong understanding of the discrete elements game systems are built from, and the ability to problem solve both holistically and on a per-component basis
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
    • Working knowledge of scripting or programming
    • An online portfolio which clearly demonstrates relevant work experience


    Preferred Skills

    • Experience developing Open World games
    • Experience in industrial or product design
    • Strong public speaking skills


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