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Senior Systems Designer

Take-Two Interactive

Take-Two Interactive

Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Friday, December 22, 2023

Who We Are:

Intercept Games is a Private Division/Take-Two development studio currently focused on the creation of Kerbal Space Program 2 (KSP2) as well as an unannounced stylized science-based adventure game. We have a deep love for space, simulation, strategy, and of course all things video games. Our studio prioritizes an inviting and diverse workplace that pushes creativity and passion for what we do, resulting in games that we can truly be proud of. We believe that by creating an environment of trust, potential for growth, psychological safety, Engineering Excellence, and fun, we can ship some of the most amazing experiences in the world of interactive entertainment.

The Challenge

Are you a passionate designer and collaborative team member? Is prototyping complicated gameplay with only visual scripting and placeholder assets your kind of fun? Do you dream about maintaining elaborate spreadsheets of balance variables and finding the sweet spot between challenge and accessibility? Do you like working collaboratively with teams of engineers, artists, and animators to develop systems that are punchy, fun, readable, and performant? If you said 'yes', this may be the role for you!

As a Senior Systems Designer, for an unannounced project, you will identify, design, and guide the creation of gameplay systems in collaboration with the lead designer. Through these systems, players will build and command vehicles to interact realistically with the universe. A successful teammate in this role has a good eye for determining when a system hits the intersection of clarity, authenticity, and enabling creativity.

What You’ll Take On

  • Collaborate with lead designer to identify and implement gameplay systems in a physically authentic sandbox.
  • Work with engineers to polish, balance, and improve all game features and systems.
  • Responsible for determining when a system hits the intersection of clarity, authenticity, and enabling player creativity.
  • Work closely with content designers to make sure game systems allow for engaging scenarios with a variety of possibilities.

What You Bring

  • 5+ years in game development as a designer with one shipped title.
  • Experience in Unreal Engine or Unity.
  • Highly collaborative. Able to own the vision for game features while coordinating and motivating contributors across multiple departments.
  • Methodical and organized, able to see the interactions of multiple systems in unplanned ways.
  • Passion for sandbox and builder games.
  • Curiosity about rocketry and space travel.

What We Offer You:

  • Great Company Culture. Ranked as one of the most creative and innovative places to work. Innovation, efficiency, diversity and philanthropy are among the core tenets of our organization and are integral drivers of our continued success.
  • Growth. As a global entertainment company, we pride ourselves on creating environments where employees are encouraged to be themselves, inquisitive, collaborative, and to grow within and around the company.
  • Team Mentality. We strive to build teams that work together and celebrate together through company events such as team gatherings, game release parties, monthly socials, and wellness programs.
  • Benefits. Medical (HSA & FSA), dental, vision, 401(k) with company match, employee stock purchase plan, commuter benefits, in-house wellness program, broad learning & development opportunities, a charitable giving platform with company match and more!
  • Perks. Fitness allowance, employee discount programs, free games & events, stocked pantries and the ability to earn up to $500+ per year for taking care of yourself and more!

The pay range for this position in Washington at the start of employment is expected to be between $80,000 and $118,000 per year. However, base pay offered is based on market location, and may vary further depending on individualized factors for job candidates, such as job-related knowledge, skills, experience, and other objective business considerations. Subject to those same considerations, the total compensation package for this position may also include other elements, including a bonus and/or equity awards and eligibility to participate in our 401(K) plan, in addition to a full range of medical, dental, vision, and basic life insurance. Employees will also receive 14 paid holidays per calendar year, are eligible to earn a minimum of 15 days of vacation leave per year (subject to proration based on start date during the calendar year) and will receive 10 sick days per calendar year. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment. If hired, employee will be in an "at-will position" and the Company reserves the right to modify base salary (as well as any other discretionary payment or compensation or benefit program) at any time, including for reasons related to individual performance, Company or individual department/team performance, and market factors.

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (“T2”) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, which means we are committed to creating and celebrating diverse thoughts, cultures, and backgrounds throughout our organization. Employment at T2 is based on substantive ability, objective qualifications, and work ethic – not an individual’s race, creed, color, religion, sex or gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, alienage or citizenship status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, status as a victim of domestic violence or sex offenses, reproductive health decision, or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.