We are looking for a highly technical, Mid to Senior level Gameplay Designer to join Marathon’s diverse Weapons and Equipment team. Our Weapon and Equipment Designers are dedicated to creating seamless core game feel that drives unforgettable combat and PvP experiences.

As a Weapons Designer on the Marathon team, you will work closely with the design team to craft robust gameplay and define camera, control and character at an atomic level. You will collaborate with team members from other disciplines to drive a holistic gameplay experience. You will contribute to the design processes to ensure your work and that of your team is the very best it can possibly be.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Creatively drive compelling second-to-second PvP gameplay experiences
  • Collaboratively design, implement, and balance weapons
  • Make the gameplay experience accessible to as many people as possible
  • Work with audio, effects and animation artists to make in-game cause and effect clear to players
  • Drive to develop well understood goals that match the creative direction of the game
  • Help refine, develop, and create team processes to drive alignment and collaboration

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Previous experience as a Gameplay Systems Designer (or similar) on a shipped, high-quality game, especially if combat and PvP focused
  • Extensive technical experience designing, documenting, and building game feel systems with a focus on mechanics and philosophies that drive it
  • Demonstrable understanding of how second-to-second action games work and why people play them
  • Clear history of collaboration with designers, artists, programmers, audio professionals, quality assurance and producers to achieve a common goal
  • Ability to creatively align with the team and then take initiative locally and externally
  • Social intelligence, great interpersonal skills, and empathy for creative teams
  • Ability to handle ambiguity, including giving and handling feedback despite that ambiguity
  • Understanding of animation principles, ability to talk anticipation, follow-through, character and the fundamentals of camera and control
  • Ability to deliver and receive feedback on design in a constructive and positive way
  • Experience with many modes of online play

For Senior level candidates, in addition to the above skills, we are targeting:

  • Demonstrable leadership experience, such as unifying teams, mentoring, and promoting best practices
  • Experience delegating ownership of work when necessary
  • Ability to work on problems of diverse scope where analysis of situations requires evaluation
  • Ability to own large scale systems and improve workflows and discipline craft

NICE-TO-HAVE 

  • Portfolio demonstrating the drive to make great feeling action gameplay
  • Experience successfully leading interdisciplinary teams through several game development cycles

Bungie full-time (non-contract) employees in the U.S. also receive:

  • 20 days of accrued time-off in the form of PTO and sabbatical days, depending on the level of the position
  • 10 paid Floating Days annually, prorated in the first year of employment based on start date
  • 10 paid Bungie-observed holidays annually
  • One hour of Paid Sick Time (PST) for every 30 hours worked 

Contract and International FTE employees receive competitive benefits through their relevant contracting agency.

Listed below are the two base pay ranges associated with this role at multiple levels. In other locations that Bungie has approved for remote work, this pay range may be adjusted up to +/- 10% and some roles may be classified as non-exempt (hourly).

This range is determined by an array of factors, including training, transferable skills, work experience, business needs, and market demands. Additionally, it is subject to change and may be modified in the future.

In the journey to make incredible worlds, Bungie employees don’t simply do meaningful work – they receive meaningful support. Competitive salaries and discretionary bonus opportunities are just the start. We offer comprehensive healthcare coverage, generous 401(k) matching, flexible time off policies, paid parental leave, social clubs, and so much more. Check out our benefits page: Benefits – Bungie Careers to see all the perks that come with joining Bungie.

Bellevue Pay Range I
$98,000$129,000 USD
Bellevue Pay Range II
$132,000$158,000 USD

So you don’t meet every requirement listed in this job description? Do you think your experience level is not where it needs to be? Studies show that members of certain underrepresented groups are less likely to apply to jobs unless they believe they meet every single qualification. Bungie is focused on building a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace. If you’re interested in this position but your past experience doesn’t line up perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we want you to apply anyway. The right role for you may be right around the corner!

Most Bungie full-time employees will adopt a digital first approach allowing remote work in Bungie approved locations (outside of positions identified as 100% onsite in Bellevue/Seattle, or individuals preferring a hybrid/flex environment). Prospective full-time employees who are located outside of a Bungie approved state or province will need to establish residency in an approved state or province within 45 days of their start date. Contractors will follow a digital first approach adhering to the location guidelines agreed upon by our third-party employer/vendor and Bungie. Bungie’s remote policy is subject to change at the company’s discretion.

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