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Lead AI Designer - Ridgeline Games

Location: Seattle, WA, USA

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Requisition Number: 175236

Position Title: Principal Game Designer I

External Description:

Lead AI Designer - Ridgeline Games

 

Ridgeline Games is focused on building rich narrative campaigns with memorable characters and powerful experiences all in the Battlefield universe. We are building a new studio in the Seattle area composed of leaders and talent with a vast array of AAA game dev experience. As we assemble our diverse team, all who have a voice in making great games together, we're looking for a healthy mixture of tempered veterans and young passionate individuals eager to make a difference.

 

Role Overview: Reporting to the Design Director, you are a Lead AI Designer who will design & improve the player experience against and with enemy and NPC AI characters and vehicles. Your analytical skills, player insight, and creativity help create gameplay experiences that engage and surprise players.

You will build upon and improve the core foundations of our AI. You will collaborate with interdisciplinary and international teams and work with every tool at hand to improve and iterate AI combat systems and encounters that'll thrill our players.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Lead a cross-discipline team to build core AI systems that bring our NPCs and combat enemies to life and make them behave authentically.
  • Manage enemy and NPC AI systems and experience.
  • Mentor other designers in AI design and implementation practice.
  • Collaborate with encounter designers to deliver compelling combat experiences.
  • Collaborate with animators and engineers to develop high quality AI movement and interaction systems.
  • Playtest the game frequently and help push for continued improvements.
  • Seek opportunities for new improvements that are built upon existing AI systems.
  • Manage AI animation needs and behavior using state machines and behavior trees for a variety of combat encounter experiences.
  • Create design documentation, content briefs, system outline, and other means of sharing all the necessary information with involved teams.

 

Qualifications:

  • Shipped at least one AAA online game.
  • 5+ years of professional experience in a leadership, directorship, or team management role on a AAA project.
  • 3+ years of experience working with AI foundations like behaviors, movement, coordination, and combat.
  • Proficiency in scripting in at least one game engine in a shipped title.
  • Created complex AI mechanics and systems with attention to player agency and resulting effects.
  • Deep level of understanding of PvE games.

 

Next Steps

The following are required as part of the application process:

  • Apply online with resume
  • Provide web link on resume for online portfolio (required)
  • As part of the application process, we may ask you to complete a test
    • This may be an Art, Audio, Design, or Writing test



Benefits

We are proud of the great perks we offer like comprehensive health and benefit packages, tuition reimbursement, 401k with company match, and of course, free video games. And since we realize it takes world-class people to make world-class games, we offer great compensation packages and a culture that values creativity and individuality.

 

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Company Profile:

Electronic Arts is the leading interactive entertainment company, powered by innovative technology. We create incredible experiences for millions of players around the world. But what matters most is our people who inspire us, and the world, to play. As we bring new forms of entertainment to people around the world, we need creative, collaborative, diverse and adaptable people to keep making Electronic Arts better.

EEOText: About EA We exist to inspire the world to play. Through innovative technology and immersive storytelling, we deliver new ways of experiencing worlds of interactive entertainment for our millions of players worldwide. Our strength lies in the diversity of our people, combining creativity, innovation and passion. We fully champion inclusive culture, and provide opportunities for growing, learning, and leading that allows for the most impactful and rewarding work of our teams’ careers. We put our people first, and we make sure they’re taken care of both in and out of the office. As we reflect on our learnings and successes from remote work, we aim to provide dynamic, collaborative and flexible work environments for our teams. Our employees connect through our Employee Resource Groups, which are actively involved in driving business decisions every step of the way. But our support doesn’t end at the workplace—we also encourage a balanced lifestyle with paid time off and new parent leave, free video games, fitness reimbursement and more. Our goal is to provide a safe, respectful and inspiring workplace for all of our employees. Through our diversity, equity, inclusion and social responsibility programs, we’re doing the work to give everyone the space to be their full selves while giving back to our community. We’re looking for problem-solvers, game-changers, innovators, dreamers, doers—people that are ready to move the needle and build on our success. As our industry accelerates, we aren’t just keeping up—we’re staying ahead of the game. Electronic Arts is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, religion, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, family status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Electronic Arts also makes workplace accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities as required by applicable law.

Date Opened: 2022-08-18 16:52:08.423

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About EA

We exist to inspire the world to play. Through innovative technology and immersive storytelling, we deliver new ways of experiencing worlds of interactive entertainment for our millions of players worldwide. Our strength lies in the diversity of our people, combining creativity, innovation and passion. We fully champion inclusive culture, and provide opportunities for growing, learning, and leading that allows for the most impactful and rewarding work of our teams’ careers. 

 

We put our people first, and we make sure they’re taken care of both in and out of the office. As we reflect on our learnings and successes from remote work, we aim to provide dynamic, collaborative and flexible work environments for our teams. Our employees connect through our Employee Resource Groups, which are actively involved in driving business decisions every step of the way. But our support doesn’t end at the workplace—we also encourage a balanced lifestyle with paid time off and new parent leave, free video games, fitness reimbursement and more. 

 

Our goal is to provide a safe, respectful and inspiring workplace for all of our employees. Through our diversity, equity, inclusion and social responsibility programs, we’re doing the work to give everyone the space to be their full selves while giving back to our community. We’re looking for problem-solvers, game-changers, innovators, dreamers, doers—people that are ready to move the needle and build on our success. As our industry accelerates, we aren’t just keeping up—we’re staying ahead of the game.

 

Electronic Arts is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, religion, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, family status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Electronic Arts also makes workplace accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities as required by applicable law.

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