Contract Game Engineer

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April 19, 2021
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Night School Studio is an independent game developer known for player-driven narratives that combine wonder, danger, and humor. We’re building visionary worlds and pushing the boundaries of storytelling. We are looking for a driven and experienced engineer to help see our recently announced title, Oxenfree II: Lost Signals, to completion, as well as assist in maintaining and upgrading live titles and pipelines. The ideal candidate is an excellent communicator, a skilled generalist that can adapt and learn quickly, and is well-versed in the vocabulary of story-driven games.


  • Plan for and implement game systems, tools, and pipelines for one of Night School’s upcoming projects, as well as for upgrades to live games.
  • Use problem-solving skills to write code that is elegant, extensible, and optimized.
  • Help maintain our codebases by testing, analyzing, debugging, and optimizing.
  • Work closely with peers and leadership to develop features that are of a cohesive technical and creative vision.
  • Provide technical expertise to other departments where needed.
  • Learn new skills, tools, and workflows on the fly to adapt to the ever-changing environment of software development.
  • Clearly communicate specifications of features and tools to the rest of the team.

About You:

  • Willing and able to jump into all kinds of programming and technical tasks
  • Have a passion for building interesting and effective gameplay systems
  • Driven to write intuitive and robust code
  • Skilled at giving and receiving critique and feedback
  • Able to intuit the intent of a design and translate that into a functional feature
  • Self-starter willing to find solutions and ask questions when needed
  • Attention to detail
  • Fluent in English

Skills & Requirements:

  • A breadth of knowledge in all kinds of software engineering and game development topics
  • Ability to communicate effectively with other team members
  • Strong 3D math and logic skills
  • Experience working in Unity
  • Strong understanding of memory management & performance
  • Significant experience in C# or C++
  • Two or more shipped console or PC games
  • Bonus: Significant experience with git
  • Bonus: Experience with AWS or other networking features

OXENFREE II: Lost Signals

Five years after the events of OXENFREE, Riley returns to her hometown of Camena to investigate mysterious radio signals. What she finds is more than she bargained for.

Our Prior Releases

In OXENFREE, you play as as Alex, a bright, rebellious girl who brings her new stepbrother Jonas to an overnight party on an old military island. The night takes a terrifying turn when you unwittingly open a ghostly gate spawned from the island’s cryptic past. You'll explore a mysterious island filled with a huge variety of story paths that let you shape Alex's life, the fabric of time and space, and the fate of the forgotten ghostly creatures terrorizing you and your friends.

In Afterparty, you are Milo and Lola, recently deceased best buds who suddenly find themselves staring down an eternity in Hell. But there’s a loophole: outdrink Satan and he’ll grant you re-entry to Earth.

Control Milo and Lola with an intelligent conversation system that changes the story and your relationships based on every decision. Uncover their personality quirks and foggy history during the wild events of the night.

Every step is up to you as you stumble through the underworld. Go on a hellish bender, uncover the mystery of your damnation, and drink Satan under the table.

Next Stop Nowhere is a road trip adventure story set in a colorful, cutthroat vision of outer space. Play as Beckett, a simple courier living a simple life until a chance encounter with former bounty hunter Serra throws him into an adventure he never expected. And might not survive.

The unlikely allies fly across a dusty, deadly galaxy in a race to save Serra’s son Eddy--dodging gangsters, bounty hunters, and the dangers of deep space along the way. Beckett is in over his head. How he survives--the choices he makes, the relationships he forges, the person he becomes--is up to you.

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