Senior Systems Designer
Cold Iron Studios
San Jose, CA
Position Summary

Cold Iron is seeking an experienced Senior Systems Designer to join us in creating a shooter set in the Alien universe for consoles and PC! Are you passionate innovating and owning large-scale game systems? Do you revel in creating combat experiences that are both challenging and gratifying?

Here’s the most important one: Do you do it all for the game? Because you know that your talents are needed to make sure that even the best development teams get an awesome experience out the door?

Awesome. Come join our creative, collaborative studio where you’ll own the product management responsibilities for a tight, integrated team of game developers.

Your Day to Day

You can expect to be responsible and accountable for the following:

  • Working with the project leads to develop gameplay systems that work within the overall vision of the product
  • Brainstorming, documenting, and implementation of combat and other gameplay systems
  • Working closely and effectively with others in cross-discipline teams during implementation and iteration
  • Creating long-term retention and RPG advancement gameplay systems
  • Becoming implementation “owner” for multiple large-scale game systems
  • Gathering playtest data, both quantitative and qualitative, and aid in coming up with solutions to make the gameplay and systems as fun as possible
  • Qualitatively and quantitatively study and learn from combat systems in action, shooter, or MMORPG games
Your Career Progression

Do the best work of your career! No, really, that’s what we expect of you. Come aboard and work with industry veterans all working to improve their craft and become better game developers. Your portfolio of experience will grow, and the size of the audience you reach will expand exponentially. The small team atmosphere allows you to contribute more and have greater ownership over what you do day to day.

  • 4+ years of industry experience in a systems or combat design role
  • Experience designing and implementing combat related systems in games, focusing on gameplay feel, class or role balance, and NPC design
  • Experience designing and implementing large and complex gameplay systems including RPG economies, crafting systems, or loot driven systems with large number of assets
  • Strong math and analytical skills with a proficiency in Excel
  • Professional experience working on current generation games
  • Strong sense of level design, scale, and gameplay flow
  • Enjoys playing and creating games
  • Self-driven with strong communication skills
  • Ability to mentor and teach other designers
  • Ability to tackle challenges and problem solve with a strong sense of ownership
  • Ability to work closely with many other disciplines and be a team player
  • Experience with multiplayer games and/or shooters a plus
  • Experience with Unreal Engine a plus
Would Love to See
  • Experience with multiplayer games and/or shooters
  • Experience with Unreal Engine
  • 4-year Bachelor’s degree
  • Or equivalent industry experience

Aside from the intrinsic value of exciting a huge audience with your creative work, you can expect:

Health and Wellness

  • Medical, Dental and Vision
  • 401(k)
  • Prescription Drug Coverage
  • Life Insurance
  • Business Travel Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Long Term Disability


  • Employee Referral Program
  • Education Reimbursement
  • Fitness Club Discounts
  • Training and Development
  • Commuter Incentives and Hybrid Vehicle Purchase/Lease Program
  • Merchandise Discounts
About our Location

Cold Iron Studios, a division of FoxNext Games, is on a mission to create games they want to play with people they love to work with. The studio was founded by three industry veterans in 2015, and has since expanded to 25+ awesome developers who are all experts in their discipline. The Cold Iron team is a diverse group of passionate gamers with decades of experience developing and launching award-winning MMO and action titles. Currently, the team is working on a new PC and console shooter based on the Alien franchise. The team is especially excited to be entrusted with the Alien universe and to provide Alien and gaming fans with an experience they will love.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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