Design Director

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March 19, 2021
Full Time
Denver, CO

Deck Nine Games is currently hiring a Design Director for our next narrative adventure game.

Could this be you? Well, do you love single player games? Do you enjoy crafting narrow but deep experiences?Can you love a game equally for both its gameplay and its characters, themes and story arcs? Do you hunger to stand in front of a team, inspire them and lead them in creating a deeply personal game that fans talk about for years? If so, then you’re the right person for the job.


  • Nurture, maintain, and evangelize the gameplay vision for the game
  • Collaborate with the game director to develop a shared vision that merges gameplay and story
  • Mentor a team of gameplay and level designers to create innovative gameplay
  • Work with the story team to break the story with an eye toward gameplay
  • Work together with the art team to craft visually impressive art that furthers gameplay
  • Listen to all the ideas, coherently answer questions, and protect the core vision
  • Work closely with everyone to create clear creative strategies and solve creative problems
  • Review, troubleshoot and provide feedback
  • Be a passionate leader every day


  • 6+ years of experience in game design, preferably with 3+ years as a Lead Designer or Design Director
  • Strong knowledge of player mentality and motivations
  • Strong technical ability to prototype game mechanics
  • Passionate about narrative games and the desire to grow their gameplay
  • Strong understanding of current and past game trends
  • Must be willing to relocate to the Denver, Colorado region

Deck Nine offers the following benefits to our employees:

  • Health Insurance for you and your family: Comprehensive Medical Plans to choose from with a large percentage of the premiums paid by Deck Nine
  • Dental and Vision coverage at no cost to you
  • Life and Disability Coverage paid by Deck Nine
  • 401 (k) Retirement Savings Plan with Employer Match
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Winter Holiday Break
  • Unlimited Paid Time Off
  • Discounted rates at the local Recreation Facilities and Golf Course
  • Free Use of the Brand New Fitness Facility located in an adjacent building
  • Wellness program
  • Employee Gift Matching Program to Charities
  • Free snacks, fruit, drinks, local spring water, and coffee
  • Great View of Local Air Shows courtesy of Rocky Mountain Airport
  • and so much more

If you are a talented and passionate game developer and you are looking to challenge yourself, please apply today! Full-time position available, remote to start but with ability to relocate and applicants must already be authorized to work in the U.S.

Due to the volume of resumes and portfolios received, we cannot respond to everyone. However, we always carefully consider each application.

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About Deck Nine

Deck Nine Games is an independent game developer dedicated to crafting interactive story games that inspire, transform, and entertain players. Our passion is storytelling games.

Our first narrative game, Life is Strange: Before the Storm is loved by fans and has won multiple awards, including Game of Year and was nominated for both a VGA and a BAFTA. The studio is 100+ people and is in sunny Westminster, Colorado at the base of the Rocky Mountains. We hope to share more information about our next title with Square Enix as soon as we can.

We’re looking for talented and self-motivated people to join us as we aim to rise to the top of the storytelling game studios. If this sounds appealing to you, please apply!

As the crafters of stories that encompass the full breadth of life’s experiences, Deck Nine is committed to building a diverse, inclusive, and multicultural team in which people from all walks of life feel inspired to do their best work. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and believe deeply in the creativity and strength built from diversity of race, religion, disability, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, nationality, and the many other qualities that make us different.

Our Upcoming Releases

Alex Chen hides her 'curse': the supernatural ability to absorb and manipulate the strong emotions of others in Life is Strange: True Colors. When her brother dies in a so-called accident, she must embrace her volatile power to find the truth — and reveal dark secrets buried by the town.

Deep in the mountains of Colorado, you'll find Haven Springs, a small mining town filled with beauty and mystery. As Alex, you'll discover the shocking secrets behind your brother’s death in an emotional roller-coaster of an adventure, using your psychic power of Empathy to change fate and change lives.

Experience two award-winning Life is Strange games like never before in the Life is Strange: Remastered Collection! Remastered visuals and animation breathe new life into the great cast of characters and gripping stories. Max rewinds time to get to the truth, while Chloe sparks an unforgettable friendship as she struggles to overcome her past.

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