Senior Content Designer

Design · Seattle, Washington
Department Design
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Undead Labs is looking for a Senior Content Designer to join our State of Decay 2 team. We’re seeking a passionate designer who relishes our systems-based gameplay and wishes to focus on the custodianship of our current content while also advocating for the fans of our game. Our ideal candidate is comfortable empathetically tailoring their design decisions to our players while simultaneously working on the most minute details of interdependent systems. You'll work closely with a team of programmers and artists to craft rich missions and encounters that provide our players with thrilling experiences to help grow our fan-base and franchise.

At Undead Labs, we work in highly collaborative, cross-discipline teams because we understand that the best ideas are ones we generate together. We operate this way independently, as part of a network of first-party Microsoft studios. With our rich history of entrepreneurship and empowerment, and the millions of players supporting our survival-fantasy games, you'll collaborate with us as we reach new levels of quality, ambition, and polish.

Core Responsibilities

  • Champion and refine State of Decay 2’s current content in service of its audience
  • Partner with Game Directors to realize broader franchise and story goals
  • Use proprietary tools to implement and tune designs of varied scope
  • Become the studio expert on proprietary content tool
  • Document and communicate your vision to the rest of the team
  • Define and measure effectiveness of content engagement with our analytics team
  • Support our UX designers to ensure content is well-understood by our players
  • Advise other content designers in industry and project best practices

Basic Skills, Knowledge, Experience

  • Deep experience with mission and encounter design, covering both short and long-term play
  • Experience working collaboratively with other disciplines to create highly polished content
  • Strong, interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to write clear and effective design documentation
  • Passionate about developing and following high-functioning development processes
  • Ideally brings 8+ years of video game experience, with 5+ years direct mission/encounters work

Bonus Traits

  • Experience implementing content in a third-person, systemic game
  • Shipped at least one AAA title as a content designer
  • Strong technical scripting skills with experience in modern engines (Unreal, Unity, etc.)
  • Deep understanding of the survival-fantasy gaming landscape
  • Familiarity with Unreal Engine (Blueprints)

Physical Requirements

  • Close vision to monitors and screens
  • Consistent work on computer equipment, such as keyboards and monitors
  • Long periods of sitting
  • Onsite work (once it begins again) in low-to-moderate noise environments

Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position reports to the Design Manager.

Undead Labs is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations, and ordinances.

To apply, please send a resume and a link to your online portfolio to We look forward to hearing from you!

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