Level Designer


Posted 12.12.2016

This position is for a temporary engagement through our staffing partner YOH Services.

We have an exciting opening for an Level Designer to join our God of War team. Level design is an extremely important part of the team here at Santa Monica Studio and we’re looking for the type of person who can make an incredible, memorable level.

Do you love high action moments with dazzling heights and daring escapes? Do you have a passion for epic adventures with unique locations and intriguing characters? Do you have a burning desire to create a level which is highly polished and flows perfectly? Then we’re interested in talking with you!


  • Work with Lead Level Designer and Design Director on level design layout, scripting events, tuning AI encounters, 2D design documentation and all things gameplay-related. 

  • Work within established level design metrics and utilize the game systems in order to create challenging AI encounters, interesting puzzle scenarios and unique moments.


  • 2-plus years in game development, or equivalent experience as demonstrated in portfolio of work.

  • Experience using 3D packages to layout environments (ideally Maya).

  • Experience using 2D packages to create 2D maps (ideally Illustrator and Photoshop).

  • Experience scripting events and debugging game logic.

  • Experience tuning combat encounters and navigation challenges.

  • Experience creating intuitive and interesting puzzles.

  • Experience with sound implementation and trigger tuning.

  • An understanding of level flow and challenge.

  • A great communicator who is personable and flexible with their ideas.


  • 5 years in game development, with at least 1 shipped title. 

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