Level Designer

  • Quebec City, QC, Canada
  • Full-time

Company Description

With a team of more than 500 talented, innovative and passionate creators, Ubisoft Quebec keeps on growing and continues its ascension. Founded in 2005, the studio has been involved in several key Ubisoft franchises over the years, developing cutting-edge expertise in major AAA game development.

Involved in the Assassin's Creed franchise since 2010, the Quebec team recently assumed the leadership of Assassin's Creed Odyssey, the latest installment in the critically acclaimed series. The team is currently working on a brand new game, Immortals Fenyx Rising, slated for release on December 3rd 2020.

Job Description

As a Level Designer at Ubi QC, you'll mix gameplay elements and guidelines to design unique places to explore and enticing environments to interact with.

You create the blueprint of what players will see and experience within a part of an immersive world.

You are an architect focused on function. Always mindful of how players will react and move within your layout, you shift your perspective to view your designed area from different angles. You consider every possible variation of action and cater to the outcomes, reworking and readjusting your design until you are free of friction in the flow of gameplay.   

You are the creator and director of interactive experiences that will touch the player. You bring the overarching story of the game to life by combining a selection of challenges, atmospheres and elements that will create a plethora of fun possibilities for the player to discover.  

Like a hidden maestro, you arrange the flow, rhythm and tension of your carefully planned mission. You understand and care about your player's needs and expectations, all while offering a AAA-quality, cohesive experience that will advance the game narratively. Your skills, which straddle the creative and technical worlds, support you all the way from prototyping to delivery, and your resourcefulness allows you to find, search for and use existing and new tools to make your vision a reality.  

What you’ll do

  • Follow design documentation to create levels aligned with the creative, artistic, and design visions.  

  • Brainstorm design ideas and present them to interdependent teams 

  • Participate in prototyping your area and gameplay concepts.  

  • Lay out your environment in detail

  • Collaborate with Gameplay Programmers on integration of gameplay elements

  • Collaborate with level artists and animators to breathe life into your created space.  

  • Develop your design based on comments from play testers and cross-functional team members (debug and optimize). 

  • Design the steps and details of your mission  

  • Plan, request and follow up on components (gameplay, AI, sound, etc.), and integrate them as they come in

  • Document and present your work, including prototyping and playtest results, to various teams and directors

Qualifications

What you bring 

  • A college diploma in Game Design or equivalent (undergraduate degree an asset)  

  • Experience in video game level design or related experience

  • Experience using game engines (e.g. Unity or Unreal) + knowledge of 2D art tools (e.g. Photoshop) and 3D software (e.g. 3DS Max, Maya, or ZBrush)  

  • Exceptional collaboration, communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills  

  • Ability to accept feedback and adapt to it

  • A keen eye for detail

  • Curiosity, flexibility, and resourcefulness – you can find creative solutions to problems with no clear answer (just yet)! 

Additional Information

  • Your CV, highlighting your education, experience, and skills

  • Please feel free to send us samples of your work (attach files or send us a link to your demo reel or online portfolio). 

Ubisoft’s 19,000 team members, working across more than 40 locations around the world, are boundby a common mission to enrich players’ lives with original and memorable gaming experiences. Their dedication and talent has brought to life many acclaimed franchises such as Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, Watch Dogs, Just Dance, Rainbow Six, and many more to come. Ubisoft is an equal opportunity employer that believes diverse backgrounds and perspectives are key to creating worlds where both players and teams can thrive and express themselves. If you are excited about solving game-changing challenges, cutting edge technologies and pushing the boundaries of entertainment, we invite you to join our journey !

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