Associate Technical Designer -Systems (Contract)


Posted 06.07.2017

Come join the award-winning God of War development team! Santa Monica Studio is looking for a Technical Designer to support the Systems Design team, working on player progression and general gameplay balance and tuning. This individual will work side by side with our Level Design, Systems Design, Combat Design and Engineering teams, supporting innovative and ambitious content through solving scripting, workflow and implementation problems.

As Technical Designer, you must possess the ability to effectively collaborate with design, art and engineering to creatively solve challenging technical problems. You have a strong CS and/or scripting background, and have likely worked on small student or personal projects, if not a shipped commercial game. Help us create amazing world leading games that will set the PS4 apart from the rest!


  • Execute clean and robust implementation of items and abilities with game-wide ramifications and effects.
  • Provide thoughtfully and thoroughly considered systematic implementation of reward mechanisms and mechanics.
  • Carefully balance drop rates.
  • General itemization work.


  • The ideal candidate is part designer and part programmer.
  • Experience with LUA scripting, or other C/C++ scripting.
  • Must have completed a Computer Science and/or related degree.
  • Must be friendly, assertive, and open-minded.
  • Experience designing puzzles or small games is preferred.

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