Snowcastle Games is an independent games company that is passionate about building both exceptional games and a great place to work. As a privately-owned studio, Snowcastle is proud to build games for its own Earthlock IP and believes that to build great games, you need to build a great team. To help us create something special, we are looking for an experienced and versatile game designer to join our development team, either in the studio (Oslo, Norway) or working remotely.
You will work on Earthlock 2, a 3D survival RPG set in the Earthlock universe. The game is a single and multiplayer co-op experience. The game is in development for PC and next-generation consoles.
You will also be involved in the production of a unique and exciting unannounced project!
Develop game systems, controls and interfaces to realize the vision of Lead Designer/ Creative Director into a playable experience.
Design, prototype and script content and game features using Blueprints in Unreal engine and in-house tools.
Participate actively in the production of prototypes to adjust and validate systems prior to starting production.
Collaborate with the design team, artists, animators and programmers to develop content, systems and features.
Participate in the ongoing development of tools and technologies to improve workflows.
Partake in regular design meetings and brainstorming sessions.
Work independently to ensure your tasks are delivered on time and to a high quality.
Prior experience with Unreal Game Engine
3+ years’ game development experience and worked on at least one commercially released PC or Console game in a key design position
Strong communication skills (English is our working language).
Highly proficient in system design
Experience in Game Balancing
A passion for computer games
Multidisciplinary, agile, curious and eager to learn
Required if working remotely:
Time zone max +/- 2 hour CET
Minimum 2 years experience working from home office
A passion for: RPGs, adventure games, action-adventure games and survival games.
Our team currently counts 30 people who work closely together on games we are passionate about. We are a mix of seasoned industry veterans and talented juniors. Most of us work from our Oslo office, while some work remotely from Sweden, England, Scotland, Germany, Slovenia, and the Philippines.
Our flexible work hours combined with generous Norwegian social benefits offer a healthy and family friendly work-life balance. Snowcastle had a well developed system in place for integrating remote workers long before Covid-19, and the transition to work from home for all employees proved the value of this. Every circumstance is different and Snowcastle will work with each candidate to find what works best for both parties.
Snowcastle offers a wide variety of benefits including:
Flexible job hours, and work from home options
37.5 hour work week and 5 week paid yearly vacation
Stock Option Program for full time employees
Central office location, 10 minutes walk from Oslo Central Station with a cafe/bar on the ground floor
Social events such as “Game of the Month Club”, Quizzes, and Online Hangouts
We take your professional development seriously and want to see you grow in both experience and responsibility
Who are we looking for?
You are a passionate team player who wants to grow and make an impact on our games
We are serious about building a diverse team. All qualified applicants will be considered, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, disability, or age.
You have a positive “can do” attitude. Problems are there to be solved, the smarter and more innovative, the better.
Snowcastle is a dynamic company in a fast changing industry. Your job will change and evolve. You are a fast learner, willing to develop and adapt.
You are self motivated and good at getting things done
We believe that making games is a team sport. Every member of Snowcastle treats each other with kindness and respect regardless of position.
About Earthlock 2
The Earthlock series is set on the planet of Umbra, which has stopped spinning on its axis, meaning half of the world is completely shrouded in darkness, while the other half is constantly baked in sunlight. Along the border in the middle, there is an area that gets the best of both worlds. The game’s story centres around a group of friends who must set out to find and rescue their missing family members.
Earthlock 2 will be an open-world action RPG with complex interlocking systems that work together to offer players extensive freedom to customise their own experience.