Game Designer (Combat)

With a rich history of developing multiple AAA franchises such as Little Big Planet and Crackdown, as well as contributing to genre-defining titles like the Forza Motorsport and Hitman series, Sumo Sheffield’s vast development experience spans multiple genres and platforms.
 
As winners of the TIGA Star Employment Award for 2021, recipients of the GI Biz 2020 Best Places to Work Award and listed as one of the UK’s 100 Best Large Companies to Work for in 2021, Sumo Digital has enjoyed 18 years of stability and growth since its formation in 2003 and continues to strive for excellence across every single project.
 
The team have a track record of working on some of the world's biggest and best games and received two BAFTAs for their work on Sackboy: A Big Adventure. As the scale and exclusivity of projects continues to grow, there’s never been a more exciting time to join the Sumo Sheffield family!

The role @ Sumo

We are looking for a passionate and experienced Game Designer to join Sumo Digital in the early stages of an exciting new IP.  We are looking for candidates with experience in combat design to help develop and balance the weapons and abilities that will form our launch line-up.  This is a fantastic opportunity to play a pivotal role in developing the core experience for a new AAA Shooter experience.  

Within this role you will:

  • Work with senior designers to develop content from inception through to game release; striving for quality and innovation while adhering to the core vision of the game
  • Evangelise the design of each piece of content to all disciplines and act as the go-to person who ensures everyone understands what is required
  • Maintain, iterate and balance the combat content and systems based on feedback, user testing, and telemetry data
  • We need you to have:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience and passion for designing combat systems, weapons, and abilities for shooter games – preferably on-line PvP Shooters.
  • A likable and approachable personality with a desire to motivate those around you
  • A passionate love of gaming and a strong understanding of modern gaming trends; particularly in the PvP shooter genre.
  • 3+ years in game development preferred, but not required.
  • Knowledge of UE4
  • What We Offer:

    ·         Annual Bonus 
    ·         Share Incentive Plan
    ·         Competitive Pension
    ·         Flexible Working   
    ·         27 Days Holiday, including your birthday, a duvet day and Christmas
    ·         5 Learning Days
    ·         Access to 4,000 Udemy Courses
    ·         Game & Book Libraries
    ·         Wrap Parties
    ·         Alternative Travel Prize Draw
    ·         The Sumo Game Jam
    ·         Big Family Events
    ·         Studio clubs, inc. running, board games, film…
    ·         Life Drawing
    ·         Yoga Classes
    ·         Free fruit and drinks
    ·         Employee Referral Bonus      
    ·         Career Development       
    ·         Competitive Mat/Paternity & Adoption 
    ·         Employee Assistance Programme
    ·         Life Assurance 4x Salary
    ·         Income Protection of 75%            
    ·         Relocation Support to the UK
    ·         Visa Sponsorship
     
    Where do we stand on diversity?

    At Sumo, we want to enable everyone to bring their full, authentic selves to work every single day. We acknowledge that the games industry is far from perfect and a global organisation with people all over the world, from all kinds of backgrounds, we know it’s part of our duty to provide everyone at Sumo with a safe, accepting and affirming working environment.
    We encourage and welcome applicants from all backgrounds.
     
    More about Sumo Sheffield
     
    Sumo Sheffield is located just outside the city centre in Sumo Digital’s HQ, just off J34 on the M1 and a stone’s throw from the city’s primary shopping and leisure complex. With a multi-building campus comprised of industry-leading facilities, an onsite gym and subsidised canteen, Sumo Sheffield provides everything needed for all teams to create the world’s best games.
     
    Sheffield is the fifth largest city in the UK and is easily accessible by road and rail from Leeds, Manchester and the Midlands. The city enjoys a wealth of facilities to suit a wide array of interests, including:

    o   World-class sports facilities
    o   Iconic theatres and galleries
    o   Multiple retail and shopping experiences
    o   Diverse and renowned restaurants and eateries
    o   The award-winning National Video Game Museum

    More about Sumo Digital
     
    Sumo Digital is an award-winning international family of studios. Recent releases from Sumo Digital studios include: BAFTA-Award winning Sackboy: A Big Adventure, Hood: Outlaws & Legends, Control Ultimate Edition on Google Stadia, Apple Arcade Award-winning Little Orpheus, Hot Shot Racing, WST Snooker and Spyder.

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