Level Designer

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Posted
January 6, 2021
Full Time
Montreal, QC
Remote

Thunder Lotus (creators of independent PC and console games Jotun, Sundered, and Spiritfarer) is looking for a Level Designer to join us in making AAA-quality games with an indie heart.

In this role, you'll join a team of passionate and experienced game developers in a project early in the production phase. In this role you will have the opportunity to be the level designer creating all maps of the game, playing a central role in the production for environment and gameplay.

AS LEVEL DESIGNER, YOU'LL:

  • Understand the part that your level plays in the overall game experience based on the Creative Director's vision;
  • Be familiar with the world logic of the game and develop within it compelling environmental storytelling setups which expands the lore of the game world.
  • Prototype the environment, establish the layouts, and suggest ways of using the interactive and non-interactive elements to create the desired emotions;
  • Communicate the results of the prototype to the other crafts in order to validate the intentions and have the programming team assess the technical feasibility of the maps;
  • Work in collaboration with the art team to ensure that the playability of the level and the graphic elements support each other; Integrate and use art assets to build the level.
  • Ensure that the flow, timing and pace of the level and the distribution of the element to add variety are in line with the level's place within the game;
  • As the project progresses, integrate the elements produced in the map (new gameplay, AI, sound, etc.);
  • Manage your levels through the full cycle of production from conception to finalization
  • Anticipate technical challenges and correct bugs entered into the database by testers whenever necessary
  • Carry out all other related tasks.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE:

  • A minimum of 1 year of experience in the games industry working in level design or game design, working on a 2D game is an asset
  • Attestation of collegial studies in video game level design and production or equivalent
  • Knowledge of Unity and its technical constraints is an asset
  • A thorough grasp of interdependencies and consideration for how your choices impact other departments
  • Flexibility to adapt to and overcome any hurdles and curveballs that come your way
  • A desire to embrace uncertainty and drive change
  • Great team spirit, great autonomy and good execution skills
  • A positive and humble attitude
  • English and French preferred

WE OFFER:

  • Competitive salary, benefits and vacation
  • Net revenue sharing
  • A small team with tons of creative ownership over the games we make (original IP)
  • Great work-life balance, we limit crunch as much as possible

Thunder Lotus is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Unusual backgrounds are welcome!

ABOUT SPIRITFARER

Spiritfarer is a cozy management game about dying. You play Stella, ferrymaster to the deceased, a Spiritfarer. Build a boat to explore the world, then befriend and care for spirits before finally releasing them into the afterlife. Farm, mine, fish, harvest, cook, and craft your way across mystical seas. Join the adventure as Daffodil the cat, in two-player cooperative play. Spend relaxing quality time with your spirit passengers, create lasting memories, and, ultimately, learn how to say goodbye to your cherished friends. What will you leave behind?

ABOUT THUNDER LOTUS

Thunder Lotus is a maker of beautifully powerful video games. A passionate collective of AAA, indie, and mobile expats with over 130 years of combined industry experience and 80+ shipped titles, Thunder Lotus aspires to distill its visionary original IP's into captivating interactive experiences that the team itself would love to play. Founded in 2014, Thunder Lotus recently entered its sixth year in the industry with significant momentum and ambition.

Founder Will Dubé and friends brought the hand-drawn action-exploration game Jotun to Kickstarter in July 2014.  Jotun and the expanded Jotun: Valhalla Edition released to wide acclaim on all major systems from 2015 to 2018. Thunder Lotus' sophomore creation, Sundered was initially released in 2017, and saw the release of the expanded  Sundered: Eldritch Edition  in 2018. Thunder Lotus' third production, titled Spiritfarer, released with Xbox Game Pass for PC and Console, Xbox One, Windows PC, PlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch ™, Mac and Linux in August 2020, to critical and commercial acclaim.

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