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Level Designer

Company Description

Dark Slope Studios has established itself in the XR space with the launch of Scary Girl VR an LBE free roam VR experience.  We have several new projects and games in production and are looking to expand our roster. Dark Slope Studios is a cutting edge XR Studio focused on XR Gaming, Virtual Production, and tools for Enterprise Training.  Come join our growing team of 20+ people to work together creating state of the art XR games & experiences.  

The Role

Dark Slope is seeking an experienced Unreal Engine level designer to work on several exciting new games . We’re looking for a level designer with experience on commercially shipped games, who is self-directed and excellent at collaborating across disciplines.  The ideal candidate will have a passion for building exciting XR games & experiences and has significant experience implementing advanced level design and gameplay in Unreal Engine 4.

Responsibilities

  • Follow the level design pipeline from initial designs to implement spectacular memorable levels with ultra-fun gameplay integration.

  • Work and iterate on all facets of Level Design including (but not limited to) live documentation, blockouts, terrain sculpting, terrain shaders, lighting, prop placement, NPC navigation, and gameplay scripting

  • Work closely with game director to ensure the artistic vision for levels is upheld alongside the gameplay and player flow, while maintaining excellent game performance

  • Follow the direction of the game director to maintain gameplay vision consistency

  • Master UE4 editor tools for building environments and integrating gameplay

  • Master World Building tools (such as world machine ) for building and refining environment landscapes

  • Contribute to game design ideation, as well as cooperate with all other aspects of game production (programming, environment art, sound, effects, lighting, animation, etc)

  • Multitask effectively, prioritize competing demands, and follow through on details

Essential Experience

  • Minimum 3+ years’ experience in 3D video game level design.

  • Worked on 2+ 3D commercially launched video games as a level designer

  • Basic Scripting (UE4 Blueprinting) knowledge or experience;

  • Basic Understanding of 3D Modelling Software (3DSMax, Maya, Blender)

  • Basic knowledge of world building tools ( World Machine, Houdini… )

  • Basic knowledge of lighting & materials

  • Knowledge of ways to create atmospheres (lighting, artistic composition, etc.).

  • Understanding of how gameplay elements affect and influence level design;

  • Basic understanding of environmental storytelling;

  • Advanced Knowledge of optimization techniques;

  • Advanced Knowledge of Unreal Engine 4

Useful Skills & Experience

  • Procedural prop placement and automated workflows in UE4

  • Advanced world machine work flows

  • Knowledge of all UE4 optimization techniques in relation to level design

  • Deep understanding of advanced landscape shaders

  • C++ experience in UE4

Where We Work

We work together in a new 8000 sq. ft studio in Toronto featuring a state of the art motion capture facility, located just minutes away from both Dundas West and Lansdowne Subway Stations, off the main road, our staff love our hidden XR and Virtual Production paradise. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic our team is currently working reotely.

Core Values

Our core values support teamwork and transparency that allow us to create more together than we could alone. Through ongoing learning and self managing initiative we seek to improve our skill sets, find better ways of working and ultimately deliver creative experiences that make our customers say wow!

  • Find Learning

  • Design for Wow

  • Work for Teamwork

  • Take Initiative

  • Interact with Transparency

We are an employer who values diversity and inclusion. We welcome different perspectives that come from lived experiences. Interacting with transparency is important to us in every aspect of our work. We strive for an open, honest, and effective workplace because trust is the foundation of our company. We are open to thinking differently, accommodating your needs to succeed, and straying from the conventional.

As we continue down this amazing adventure, we are looking for whip smart and creative go-getters who want to make a profound impact on what we’re building to join our amazing team. If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you!


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