Game Designer

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April 11, 2021
Full Time

**This position has been closed.**

Unknown Worlds is seeking an accomplished game designer to work on Subnautica and new game franchises.  The ideal candidate will have experience working on multiple aspects of game design, such as: mechanics, systems design, UI/UX design, narrative design, creative direction, theory. This is a remote position in a fully remote studio.


  • Work with the Subnautica franchise team on post launch support and development.
  • Provide design support & feedback as needed to other projects in development.
  • Participate in ongoing R&D and project ideation via designing and implementing gameplay prototypes.
  • Develop and own complex game systems; tune & balance gameplay systems and game economies.
  • Document features and design specs as needed


  • 5+ years game industry or creative development experience.
  • Contributed to design of multiple titles, ideally spanning multiple genres and platforms.  Has shipped at least 1 commercial title.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Highly collaborative, self motivated & self-aware.


  • Experience working with small, inclusive multi-disciplinary teams in an agile manner.
  • Unity experience recommended but not required.
  • Experience in a design leadership role or ambition to grow into one.

We want to make games for the world. We believe the best way to do that is to hire and support the most talented and creative people of diverse backgrounds to work together. It’s also why we provide $2,000 every year to each person to spend on self-improvement through conferences, books, classes, etc. We are proud of our diversity and are excited to make our team even better.

Unknown Worlds Entertainment, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability status.


A long time ago, we created the Half-Life mod Natural Selection. We helped pioneer the “early access” model when we started bundling pre-orders with Overgrowth (now Humble). We created our own technology (Spark) and used it to build Natural Selection 2 for Steam.

We recently released Subnautica which is our biggest game to date (5M+ copies, Steam, Epic, Discord, XB1, PS4). Shipping early and often is in our blood.


We hang out in Slack. We meet regularly via videoconferencing. No one is micro-managed, team members are encouraged to be self-directed and apply their creativity to our projects. We also have regular full-team retreats in sunny gorgeous places all over the world. We rent a sweet house, fly the whole team there and spend a week swimming, gaming, drinking wine and giving micro-talks (similar to these).


Our ideal candidate is passionate, self-motivated, versatile and eager to learn new skills. Everyone is encouraged to collaborate on all aspects of the games we’re creating. The team works together to set the high level goals for each milestone, then each person determines how they can best contribute to achieving the objective. This type of approach doesn’t work for everyone, but for us, it’s thrilling.


Descend into the depths of an alien underwater world filled with wonder and peril. Craft equipment, pilot submarines and out-smart wildlife to explore lush coral reefs, volcanoes, cave systems, and more - all while trying to survive.

Dive into a freezing underwater adventure on an alien planet in Subnautica: Below Zero (Early Access). Set one year after the original Subnautica, Below Zero challenges you to survive a disaster at an alien research station on Planet 4546B. Craft tools, scavenge for supplies, and unravel the next chapter in the Subnautica story.

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