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Senior Combat Designer, Player Abilities

Company: Activision Blizzard, Inc.
Location: Irvine
Posted on: May 20, 2023

Job Description:


Job Description:

Your Mission

As a Senior Combat Designer you will be tasked with developing mechanics for players that establish the fun, challenge, and mastery of combat in this game.

You'll be working on player abilities, considering how to provide unique playstyles both within and outside of combat. Additionally, you'll have opportunities to work on other aspects of combat including weapons, player movement, and other unannounced features.

This role is anticipated to be a hybrid work position, with some work on-site and some work-from-home. The potential home studio for this role is Irvine, CA , Austin, TX, or Albany, NY.

What work is part of the role:

  • Analyzing, pitching, prototyping, balancing, and developing core combat and
    moment-to-moment mechanics/systems for an unannounced project.
  • Advocating for feel, feedback, and intuitive mechanics for all aspects of
    moment-to-moment play.
  • Developing creative concepts and drive them to completion.
  • Collaborating and coordinate with multiple disciplines.
  • Remaining current on industry trends including new game genres, new game design methods and techniques, and trending audio-visual excellence.

    Minimum Requirements
    • Minimum of 8 years of relevant experience in game design experience or combination of applicable training and experience.
    • Previous combat work on a shipped title.
      Extra Points
      • Prior combat experience developing an FPS game.
      • Well versed in FPS and Survival Games.
      • Prior work examples connecting art and narrative into your designs.

        Knowledge & Skills
        • An understanding of systems design, player psychology, and emerging industry trends.
        • Strong technical skills with an understanding of vector math.

          We love hearing from anyone who is enthusiastic about changing the games industry. Not sure you meet all qualifications? Let us decide! Research shows that women and members of other under-represented groups tend to not apply to jobs when they think they may not meet every qualification, when, in fact, they often do! We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply.

          We are committed to working with and providing reasonable assistance to individuals with physical and mental disabilities. If you are a disabled individual requiring an accommodation to apply for an open position, please email your request to General employment questions cannot be accepted or processed here. Thank you for your interest.

          Our World

          At Blizzard Entertainment, we pour our hearts and souls into everything we create. Best known for iconic video game universes including Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo, and StarCraft, we've been creating genre-defining games for millions of players around the world for more than 30 years. We're on a quest: bring our dreams to life and craft the most epic entertainment experiences...ever. Hard work, iteration and polish go into the Blizzard "secret recipe," but the most important ingredients come from talented people who share our vision. If that sounds like you, join us.

          The videogame industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.

          We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status, among other characteristics.

          About Activision Blizzard Media

          Activision Blizzard Media is the gateway for brands to the #1 cross-platform gaming company in the western world, with hundreds of millions of players across over 190 countries. Our legendary portfolio includes iconic mobile game franchises such as Candy Crush---, esports opportunities like the Call of Duty - and Overwatch - Leagues, and some of the top PC and console gaming franchises such as World of Warcraft -, Call of Duty -, and StarCraft -.

          The idea is simple: great game experiences offer great marketing experiences. We have built a new team to introduce innovative, impactful, and rewarding advertising experiences to our huge audience of highly-engaged players. We are looking for new talents to help take our emergent media offering to the next level.

          We need all sorts of heroes

          Making games is fun. Especially when you do it with people who share the same idea of what makes a good workplace, great. We design games for everyone, no matter where they are or who they are, and we employ all sorts of people from all kinds of backgrounds to bring them to life. Truth is, we simply can't expect diversity in our players and originality in our games without first nurturing it in our people.

          Ready to play?

          Come join our world and work alongside some of the best and brightest minds in the business.

          All applications should be made in English.

          Discover more at


          We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for 'Every World' - we've got our employees covered! Subject to eligibility requirements, the Company offers comprehensive benefits including:
          • Medical, dental, vision, health savings account or health reimbursement account, healthcare spending accounts, dependent care spending accounts, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance;
          • 401(k) with Company match, tuition reimbursement, charitable donation matching;
          • Paid holidays and vacation, paid sick time, floating holidays, compassion and bereavement leaves, parental leave;
          • Mental health & wellbeing programs, fitness programs, free and discounted games, and a variety of other voluntary benefit programs like supplemental life & disability, legal service, ID protection, rental insurance, and others;
          • If the Company requires that you move geographic locations for the job, then you may also be eligible for relocation assistance.

            Eligibility to participate in these benefits may vary for part time and temporary full-time employees and interns with the Company. You can learn more by visiting

            In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $80,800.00 - $149,400.00 Annual. This base pay range is for the U.S. and is not applicable to locations outside of the U.S. Actual amounts will vary depending on experience, performance and location. In addition to a competitive base pay, employees in this role may be eligible for incentive compensation. Incentive compensation is not guaranteed.

Keywords: Activision Blizzard, Inc., Irvine , Senior Combat Designer, Player Abilities, Other , Irvine, California

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