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Senior AI Designer

Company: Certain Affinity, Inc.
Location: Austin
Posted on: January 26, 2023

Job Description:

As a Sr.AI Designer at Certain Affinity, you are responsible for creating all the NPCs in the game. You will help run a cross-discipline team to craft everything that walks, talks or attacks, including the suites of enemies, challenging bosses, assorted townsfolk, and helpful companions. Your skills encompass both the creative and technical elements of design, allowing you to create a wide variety of combatants that will be used across many objectives and missions.If you have experience creating enemies, bosses, and other NPCs and are eager to have an impact, and are open to new challenges, we'd like to hear from you.Responsibilities:

  • Deliver interesting and varied factions of enemies for both First Person and Third Person Shooters
  • Collaborate with other teams - world-building, narrative, character, and system designers - to meld all their best content together into a holistic and engaging experience
  • Collaborate with the development team to brainstorm creative ways to implement and showcase the game's core mechanics through varied encounters and bosses
  • Collaborate with a narrative team of designers, engineers, cinematic artists, and writers to ensure the local and overarching narrative is being advanced in the NPCs, enemies and bosses
  • Assist in reviewing encounters to deliver both varieties of play and consistency of use.
  • Help drive playtests to gather critical feedback on encounters from players and develop a plan of action to address issues
  • Work on original and licensed properties, coordinating with teams and licensors to ensure brand consistency and presentation that reflects the licensors' needsRequirements
    • 6+ years of game design experience, including 3+ with AI design experience.
    • Shipped at least one AAA Action PC or console title as an AI or encounter designer
    • A thorough grasp of good-level design principles (difficulty, risk, reward, pacing, tension, etc.)
    • Strong experience scripting systems using Unreal Blueprints or scripting languages in a networked game. You must be willing to get your hands dirty implementing and balancing your designs!
    • Proven ability to create innovative gameplay systems and enhance existing ones
    • Great collaborator with an uncanny knack for seeing the issues underlying any criticism or complaint
    • Passion for playing games and understanding the systems that drive them, especially AAA shooters (1st and 3rd person)
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the documentation of technical designs
    • Excellent ability to multi-task and to adapt easily to change
    • Highly self-motivated and able to self-manageExtra Credit
      • Bachelor's (BA) degree from an accredited four-year college or university or equivalent experience in design, game development, programming or AI
      • Experience with other facets of design (level design, the core gameplay, UX/UI, etc.)
      • Experience developing on multiple console, PC, and/or mobile platforms

Keywords: Certain Affinity, Inc., Austin , Senior AI Designer, Other , Austin, Texas

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