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Combat Designer

Full-time position in Irvine, California.

At the heart of Notorious' first game is the combat system. The paramount pillar for our game is literally "Combat is King"! We're seeking a highly-skilled, well-rounded game designer who can specialize in combat systems. Deep understanding of what makes combat-heavy games such as Street Fighter or Dark Souls special, including the inner workings of esoteric combat design elements such as hit-frames, animation canceling and more.

What project you'd be working on

We're currently building a new core fantasy RPG game for PC/Console using Unreal 5. Elements of this project include open worlds, core RPG fantasy theme, PvPvE, third-person action-based combat, player stories, and engaging systems. It's still very early and anything can change, which you can be a part of.

About Notorious

Notorious Studios is a venture-backed start-up founded by core developers from Blizzard Entertainment who worked on titles like World of Warcraft, Diablo, and Overwatch.

We aspire to have a flatter organizational structure where everyone has a chance to lead. We have a culture of open and candid communication where the best idea wins. Sparks can fly, but we always attack ideas, not people.

As a startup, we're focused on minimizing wasted time and maximizing results. We have a hatred of bureaucracy and are focused on our mission of bringing underserved players new experiences that only a small, agile studio can accomplish.


  • Ability to take ownership of the combat system, defining its vision, look and feel

  • Lead a small cross-disciplinary team (4-6 people) to build systems and mechanics that achieve product goals, including animators and gameplay engineers

  • Create and provide multiple potential designs and solutions. Articulate trade-offs and risks between different options

  • Playtest the game and help push for continued improvements of existing design and fresh prototypes

Required Qualifications

  • 4 years experience in professional Game Design

  • 2 years of experience in either Combat Mechanics or Combat Feel

  • You have demonstrated proficiency in scripting in at least one engine in a shipped title

  • Design flexibility conducive to working on all facets of a game

  • Deep critical thinking capability who can draw on a wealth of knowledge and examples of games you've played or built through the years

  • Ability to work without a producer to self-manage yourself and scope projects and features

  • Strong analytical skills that aid in understanding and articulating what makes games great

  • Solid team player. Either you work on a small team already, or are excited to work on a small, scrappy, tight-knit group

  • Passion and love for games

Ideally, you have:

  • 5+ years of professional game development

  • Hands-on experience with and strong understanding of Unreal

  • Experience working on a live multiplayer PvP game title

  • Passion in RPG and core fantasy worlds

  • A track record of designing and implementing deep and engaging combat systems

  • Deep knowledge of combat-heavy games such as Dark Souls, Street Fighter, Smash Brothers, Dark Souls, God of War etc.

  • Deep knowledge of spell-based combat games such as DOTA, League of Legends, or  World of Warcraft

  • The ability to derive insight from complex data sets and leverage that insight to tune and balance a variety of game systems


  • An office! We believe in the creative power of working in person. Our schedule is Tues-Thurs in-office, Monday, Friday WFH (optional)

  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental, Vision

  • Open paid-time-off policy with a minimum enforced by the company. We trust you to take time off when you need it

  • Competitive salaries that value your experience and dedication

  • Stock options in an early stage startup. We want you to be motivated to stick with us for the long haul

  • Relocation assistance, and immigration where applicable

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