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Posted
March 1, 2021
Freelance
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**This position has been closed.**

This role requires someone confident in developing original stories and pacey, authentic dialogue.

We’re looking for a freelance writer who will use their confident and wide-ranging understanding of narrative to work with us in developing an original story for our next project. This role requires someone with a passion for developing stories from the ground up, with a strong focus on characters, formative experiences, introspection and finding the motivators at the heart of who we are.

This role is ideal for someone who has proven experience collaborating successfully within creative teams, and of spearheading the development of a story from early stages through to final execution. It requires someone confident in shaping characters and expressing their identities through pacy, authentic dialogue. You have a passion for drama in all its forms, and are excited by the challenge of bringing a more reflective, character-focused story to a mobile gaming audience.

In terms of your commitment, we’re ideally looking for someone able to start as soon as possible for an initial workshop and deliverable, and who will be available to contract with us for various periods over the next twelve months. You will be managing your own time and working to deadlines rather than specific office hours, but we anticipate after the initial workshop this would be roughly 1-2 weeks work per month between April ‘21 and February ‘22.

Remote applicants welcome, but there may be a requirement to visit London on occasion for collaborative sessions. We anticipate however that this might only happen 1-3 during the next twelve months. (We are all currently working from home at the moment, and wouldn’t expect anyone to come into the studio until it is safe to do so).

As this project features a non-binary protagonist, we hugely encourage applications from non-binary writers.

REQUIRED

  • Proven skill in writing and developing original narratives (rather than adapting pre-existing stories & characters)
  • Experience in scriptwriting (in any form) and writing dialogue
  • Ability to collaborate effectively within creative teams
  • Familiarity with writing narrative & dialogue for games/narrative design
  • Professional writing samples are required

BONUS

  • Experience with the Turn based strategy, Roguelike or RPG genres
  • Familiarity with using Unity to test and iterate writing
  • Fluency in in languages outside of English

WHEN APPLYING!

When submitting your application, please include answers to these questions in your cover letter:

  1. Tell us about a recent example from any scripted medium (games, film, audio drama etc) which you feel exemplifies good character-based drama, and why. (400 words max)
  2. Which type/genre of stories would you be excited to tell in the video game medium, which you haven’t yet seen fully explored? (200 words max)

Diversity Statement

Ustwo games is committed to making a measurable positive impact on people’s everyday lives. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We believe diverse teams help us make better games and we actively hire for cultural growth. We welcome people of all ages, stories and backgrounds. We provide everyone with equal access to professional development.

What we can offer you

An inclusive work environment with a commitment to your growth and development. We offer benefits such as 5% pension, private medical care, weekly yoga classes, monthly massages, a dedicated training budget, flexible working days (with staggered start and finish times), regular working from home and lots more.

About us

We’re a mobile games studio that loves to make interactive entertainment which challenges the medium, with a strong focus on user experience and elegance in presentation. From our BAFTA award-winning hit Monument Valley, to innovative virtual reality experience Land’s End, we hope our dedication to craft and platform specific design shows in every product we create.

We are a people centric organisation aiming to make a positive impact in the world. And we believe that the best way to do it is by fostering true diversity of thought and a commitment to creating a workplace where people of every race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical ability or attribute and religious belief feels included, is appreciated for who they are and can have the space to thrive and grow.

Work at ustwo games

We’re still a relatively small team, but our aspirations are pretty huge. We’re always looking to challenge ourselves in the types of games we make, and in the audiences we try to reach, and in order to succeed in meeting those challenges, we want the best possible team mates to join us!

Our team already contains a diverse mixture of individuals from across the games industry, and other creative fields such as animation, illustration and digital product design. It’s this diverse mix of voices and experiences that encourages us to think about games in non-traditional ways, and also makes sure our social calendar is pretty eclectic!

We welcome applications from both within and outside the games industry, and offer a range of employee benefits.

About Our Games

Monument Valley I & II: The Monument Valley series has changed the gaming landscape on mobile and has helped encourage creators to make something that is short, poetic and beautiful. A new generation of gamers are influenced by this success, and are experiencing these new, exciting and perfectly formed stories and experiences for the first time.

Assemble with Care: When Maria, a globe-trotting antique restorer, arrives in the sun-soaked town of Bellariva, she has no idea just how broken it will turn out to be. She wants nothing more than to help the town’s inhabitants save their most beloved possessions, but when it’s their personal lives that are starting to fracture, she’ll need to find a way to hold them together, one spare screw at a time.

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure: Join Alba as she visits her grandparents on a Mediterranean island. She is ready for a peaceful summer of wildlife exploration with her friend Ines, but when she sees an animal in danger, she realises she needs to do something about it!

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