Principal Quest Designer

Job Locations US-MD-Hunt Valley | US-WA-Seattle | US-TX-Austin | US-WI-Madison | US-CA-San Diego | US
Job ID
Regular Full-Time


ZeniMax Online Studios is seeking a Principal Quest 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. A developer in this role serves as a key part of the quest design team with a focus on setting best practices in a new tool set for quest development, as well as driving a significant area of ownership in quest content.


  • Implement engaging stories and gameplay in our proprietary toolset using a visual scripting language
  • Build consensus on the feature set execution across disciplines
  • Support the leadership team in establishing and role modeling positive processes
  • Help the Lead Quest Designer define quality standards for the team through hands on execution and documentation
  • Mentoring of more junior members of the team to help them grow in their careers
  • Act as a principal consultant for establishing workflows and pipelines
  • Work with the tools team to identify the ideal toolset with which to create content


  • 4+ years related experience.
  • Broad gameplay design knowledge
  • Experience in environments developing narrative and quest tools
  • Experience scripting, either visual or other forms
  • Ability to drive collaboration and consensus across multiple disciplines
  • Strong organization, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Deeply creative with a great sense of what makes gameplay fun
  • Excellent sense of gameplay pacing and level design skills
  • Comfortable with a development schedule that is playtest-driven and focused on iteration and polish

Preferred Skills

  • Experience developing Open World games
  • Development experience on a multiplayer, online game
  • Hands on experience building gameplay features with other designers/engineers, either with scripting, data, or other content authoring tools

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