Team Name

Diablo IV

Job Title

Senior Systems Designer I | Diablo IV | Albany, NY OR Irvine, CA

Requisition ID

R022521

Job Description

Join us as we write the next chapter in the Diablo universe! Diablo IV is the next-gen action RPG experience with endless evil to slaughter, countless abilities to master, nightmarish Dungeons, and legendary loot. Come work with us, and together we’ll create something amazing. Our team of passionate developers is growing.

As a Senior Systems Designer on the Diablo IV team, you embark on an epic journey, wielding your creative prowess to breathe life and innovation into our game systems. You will be responsible for shaping and fine-tuning game systems, mechanics, and balance to deliver an exceptional player experience. Your role will be critical in ensuring the live and balanced aspects of the game, contributing to the ongoing success and satisfaction of the player community.

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

Responsibilities

  • Design and develop gameplay systems, mechanics, and features that enhance player engagement and enjoyment throughout the game’s lifecycle.
  • Continuously assess and adjust game balance, including character abilities, items, enemies, and progression, to ensure a fair and rewarding experience for all players.
  • Work on the design of itemization systems, including loot tables, rarity, and affixes, to ensure a satisfying and diverse item progression experience.
  • Create and balance player character skills, abilities, and talent systems to provide diverse and meaningful choices for character customization.
  • Design character progression systems, including leveling, experience, and skill trees, to ensure a rewarding and immersive player journey.
  • Use scripting tools to create, iterate, and balance game mechanics and systems.
  • Work closely with our user-testing teams during play-balancing to provide expert feedback.

Minimum Requirements

  • 5 years’ experience in game design, with a strong focus on system design and balance, especially in live-service games.
  • A deep understanding of the Diablo franchise and a strong passion for the series, with a clear vision of how to maintain the franchise’s identity while evolving its systems.
  • Proven experience with game development tools, programming/scripting languages.
  • Previous experience in live-service game development and post-launch content updates is highly desirable.
  • Extensive experience developing or playing action RPG titles.
  • Proven experience with programming/scripting languages.
  • Expertise writing high and low-level documentation (PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Visio, etc.).

Your Platform

Best known for iconic video game universes including Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Diablo®, and StarCraft®, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard, which was acquired by Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment experiences. Blizzard Entertainment has created some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed and genre-defining games over the last 30 years, with a track record that includes multiple Game of the Year awards. Blizzard Entertainment engages tens of millions of players around the world with titles available on PC via Battle.net®, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android.

Our World

Activision Blizzard, Inc., is one of the world’s largest and most successful interactive entertainment companies and is at the intersection of media, technology and entertainment. We are home to some of the most beloved entertainment franchises including Call of Duty®, World of Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Diablo®, Candy Crush™ and Bubble Witch™. Our combined entertainment network delights hundreds of millions of monthly active users in 196 countries, making us the largest gaming network on the planet!

Our ability to build immersive and innovative worlds is only enhanced by diverse teams working in an inclusive environment. We aspire to have a culture where everyone can thrive in order to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment. We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ – we’ve got our employees covered!

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 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 [email protected]. General employment questions cannot be accepted or processed here. Thank you for your interest.

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.

Rewards

Requirements

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 https://www.benefitsforeveryworld.com/.

In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $80,800.00 – $149,400.00 Annual. These values reflect the expected base pay range of new hires across all U.S. locations. Ultimately, your specific range and offer will be based on several factors, including relevant experience, performance, and work location. Your Talent Professional can share this role’s range details for your local geography during the hiring process. In addition to a competitive base pay, employees in this role may be eligible for incentive compensation. Incentive compensation is not guaranteed.

Tagged as: Content, Creative, Game, game design, Gen, Innovation, Mechanics, Requisition, Scripting, system design, Talent Systems, Writing

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