Lead Gameplay Designer – New IP

Design | Console Team

Creative Assembly’s award-winning team behind Alien: Isolation are exploring new frontiers with a brand-new and exciting First-Person Shooter IP.

This is an excellent opportunity for a developer looking for career progression or a new challenge to join our project as Lead Gameplay Designer to work with our talented design team at our studio in Horsham, based in the heart of Sussex, England.

In this exciting role, you will bring all your knowledge and experience to be able to make a real impact in our game by delivering high quality second to second gameplay and combat. This will be achieved by collaborating and creating with our talented and passionate team, developing an innovative brand-new IP.

This role would suit a passionate, expert Designer with great attention to detail who enjoys being 'hands-on' to improve the feel of the game whilst mentoring the team and sharing your experience with them.

Key Responsibilities 

As Lead Gameplay Designer on this new and exciting project, you will own the delivery of core gameplay features making sure we are delivering a great second to second experience. You will lead a multi-discipline team in delivering a world class combat experience in an innovative multiplayer FPS. In this role, you will also communicate and collaborate closely with the project's creative leaders to effectively deliver on the vision of the game. As a Lead on the project, you would have the added responsibility of leading and developing designers within your team. 

On a day to day basis, you will:
  • Be the owner of the second to second gameplay experience: gunplay, movement, and supporting combat features.
  • Continuously look to improve gameplay, processes, and techniques on the project
  • Supervise the balancing of the second to second loop of the game, looking at skill ceilings, complexity, and challenges.
  • Oversee your teams work, give feedback, set goals and career development pathways.
  • Share regular updates with the varying development disciplines across team highlighting when key achievements are identified and raise any issues
As well as working within your own area of the project, you will work closely with Level Design, Animation, Art, Audio and our Production Leads. 

Knowledge, Skill and Experience 

  • Experience working on second to second gameplay (combat, gunplay, movement, control) in FPS or TPS games
  • Solid AAA games experience particularly in feature ownership
  • Leadership skills in leading and mentoring designers
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to produce documentation and design
  • Demonstrated ability to give effective critiques and take feedback for improvement
  • Experience of using UE4 in development

Creative Assembly is about the right people making the best games. We are united through our values; Quality, Focus, Teamwork, Respect and Trust. 

Winner of multiple Best Place to Work Awards, we house many talented people, from trainees to industry veterans who constantly challenge us and make sure we are striving for the best within our games and our studio life.

We have studio sites in Horsham UK and Sofia Bulgaria, including a number of bespoke state-of-the-art audio suites and a dedicated motion capture site.

Currently we are working fully remotely, and we continue to assess the COVID-19 situation with the safety of our staff our number one priority. We are still actively recruiting and onboarding new staff each week. Our expert IT and HR teams will set you up with everything you need to join remotely whether you will need to relocate to the UK (or within the UK) now, or at a later date.

We offer many benefits to support you and your family including:
  • Bespoke and funded relocation package for you and your dependents, with support throughout the process from our dedicated Relocation Specialist
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity, private medical and dental insurance, life insurance, permanent health insurance, critical illness cover and free health care screening
  • Generous holiday allowance plus full studio closure over the Christmas and New Year period, as all UK Bank holidays
  • Annual discretionary studio bonus
  • Join our award-winning education and social responsibility programme; the Legacy Project, as an industry ambassador to mentor and educate others
  • Defined career development pathways and personalised training support including; SEGA Dev Day, internal masterclasses, prestigious creative workshops, on-site training with renowned specialists and global conference attendance
  • Season ticket travel loans and cycle to work scheme with free bike servicing and discounted car valet service on site
  • Free games and merchandise plus access to our extensive games library
  • Free breakfast every day - toast, bagels, pancakes, cereals, yoghurts, fresh fruit, smoothies, juices, milkshakes and more in our fully stocked kitchen*
  • Wellbeing support with an employee assistance programme and onsite confidential sessions
  • In-studio heavily subsidised massage therapy*
  • Discounts for home technology, travel insurance, corporate gym membership, cinema tickets, holidays, trips out and Ikea vouchers, and many local businesses including estate agents
  • Studio parties for you and your family; such as our Summer Festival, Christmas Party plus a separate Children’s Christmas Party. We also have Cinema days and wrap parties for game releases*
  • Studio community activities such as free Japanese lessons, life drawing, creative writing, Pilates, Walking Challenges, Couch to 5k, basketball, game and movie evenings, board game club, 5-a-side football, CA Choir, Sword fighting (yes, sword fighting) and loads more*
*some of the above in-studio benefits are on hold while we work remotely during COVID-19. 

Our studio sites have disabled access. We are an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.