Lead Combat Designer

Design · Bellevue, Washington
Department Design
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Job Title: Senior Combat Designer

Department: Design

Employment Status: Full Time

FLSA Status: Salaried, Exempt

Work Location: Bellevue, WA


Final Strike Games is looking for a talented Senior Combat Designer to help create amazing gameplay and engaging AAA user experiences with a specific focus on 3rd person shooting and melee combat. The ideal Lead candidate is also skillful across several Design areas, can rapidly create mockups and iterate on ideas, is a good communicator, and can help lead other team members to a finished high-quality product.  The Lead Systems Designer will apply critical thinking and imagination to help make the game as fun and rewarding as it can be. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of meeting high expectations and hitting milestone deliverables. Leadership, communication, and collaboration will be the keys to success in this role, as well as a passion for making truly memorable games.


  • As part of the Combat design team, create the highest quality, 3rd person, shooting and melee gameplay implementations
  • Execute across all stages of development: from verbal ideas to paper sketches to feature documentation and in-game implementation
  • Rapidly iterate on playable design prototypes
  • Work closely with engineering partners to maintain design goals while creating performant game features
  • Work with cross-disciplinary teams to scope work for sprints and milestones
  • Implement assets in-engine with UE4 and manage files through source control
  • Work with the stakeholders to understand project goals, priorities, and vision
  • Drive project goals, priorities, and vision across interdisciplinary teams to deliver high features from start to finish
  • Write & maintain design documentation and processes for owned features & work
  • Establish & maintain day-to-day workflows and processes for owned feature teams
  • Frequently manage JIRA items for owned features & work
  • Help to establish, drive, & maintain metrics and standards to ensure consistent high-quality results
  • Support & mentor more junior members of the design team with feedback, engine assistance, and professional growth 
  • Participate in daily playtests to collect feedback and create action items for owned feature teams
  • Identify and fix Design bugs
  • Collaborate with the Production team to maintain schedule and priorities of the design teams deliverables and bug fixes


  • 5+ years of game design experience
  • Minimum of 1 shipped title as combat design specialist
  • Designed, developed, and shipped 2+ titles on PC or Console
  • Proficient in the Adobe Suite and other relevant tools
  • Unreal Engine 4 knowledge and experience
  • Experience developing core mechanics for a variety of game experiences
  • Excellent communicator who can take feedback and direction well and is willing to learn and teach others
  • The ability to sell, present, and talk through your design thinking, game mechanics and overall design goals to all levels of management
  • Able to develop and champion a strong design vision for a game system from concept to completion
  • Strong ability to quickly analyze and adapt designs to continuously improve them
  • Ability to quickly adapt to new tools, technologies, and development methodologies
  • Deep knowledge of the current “state of the art” for gameplay systems designs

COVID-19 Hiring Update: We’re currently operating under a work-from-home model and even so, we're still interviewing and hiring during this time. This role is expected to start as a remote position which will transition to a more standard office position when it's perfectly safe to do so, based on science and best health practices. We understand people's circumstances may vary and will work with you to explore the best possible solutions for your individual needs during the pandemic. 

About Final Strike Games:

Final Strike Games is a multiplayer focused game studio founded by industry veterans. FSG is currently developing for PC and Console. For more information please visit www.finalstrikegames.com

Final Strike Games is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please let us know.

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