Senior Combat Systems Designer


Ready At Dawn

Senior Combat Systems Designer

Do you know on what frame Ryu’s jab hits on in Street Fighter 2? Can you pontificate upon what is a good way to sell a hit in a fighting game? Do you lose sleep debating execution versus accessibility in regards to a fighting game’s competitive lifespan? If so, you may be the Combat Designer Ready At Dawn is looking for to join us in creating high profile original titles in VR, ranging from social and competitive multiplayer to character driven action and adventure single-player games.

The Combat Designer will work closely with other designers and other disciplines to imagine and plan the core combat and player weapon systems for our next third person action console title. The Combat Designer collaborates with design, engineering, and animation teams to create varied and compelling combat across the full spectrum of the game.


Working hand in hand with other developers to take Combat concepts to shipping quality

Assist in the development of enemies, weapons and mechanics to bring the combat vision to life

Conceive, spec, implement and balance characters, weapons, mechanics, AI and other game elements that combine to create a combat experience that is both fun and strategically deep

Balance weapons and their attribute progression across the length of the game

Ability to discuss design concepts at a high level, in formal and impromptu settings. Be able to describe at the low level, in detail, the gameplay systems the player will engage with to ensure a compelling combat experience

Create and maintain design documents to share ideas, concepts, and design specifications in helpful, clear formats

Participate in prototyping and testing efforts to prove-out combat gameplay

Gather, acknowledge, and respond to feedback, adjusting design choices as necessary

Ability to anticipate, prioritize, and organize work to meet objectives


Shipped at least one Console or PC title as a combat designer

Must be able to communicate effectively and work well with other disciplines

Expert knowledge of combat and weapon systems

Working knowledge of industry scripting tools

Location: Irvine, CA

Date posted: 2021-12-11