Phoenix Labs is looking for a Senior Narrative Designer to join one of our new game initiatives based in our Vancouver studio. 

While game writing experience is important for this role, this is a game design role first and foremost. We’re looking for a designer who knows how to leverage a game’s narrative structure and storytelling mechanics to achieve game goals and solve design challenges. Since we’re still a small team, this person would do some writing as part of design exploration and prototyping, as well as implementing and testing narrative design.

Phoenix Labs is a dynamic and iterative environment. We pride ourselves on our ability to continuously improve and do hard things. People are our most important asset, and we look for each new person to add to our mosaic culture. Our goal is to be a place where a diverse group of driven, collaborative, and empathetic developers can do their best work.

Ideal applicants will live in or be willing to relocate within commuting distance to a Phoenix Labs studio (Vancouver, Montreal, Los Angeles or San Mateo). This is a full-time, permanent position. 

Responsibilities:

  • Define the game’s narrative, collaborating with the rest of the team to nail down the game’s core narrative fiction, design, and experiences
  • Inspire the team by building and communicating a clear understanding of the world, story, and narrative design of the game
  • Design and implement narrative content, design, and prototypes that solidify the game concept, and define how narrative will support gameplay pillars and goals in the game using a wide variety of tools and techniques
  • Iterate on narrative systems and mechanics by running playtests, evaluating feedback, reviewing data, and proposing and implementing updates
  • Regularly facilitate discussions and brainstorming sessions on narrative 
  • Remain current on game industry trends including new games and game genres, emerging game design methods and techniques

Required Experience:

  • Extensive experience in narrative writing and narrative game design
  • Deep experience in designing and implementing narrative 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Shipped or worked on at least one AAA+ online game
  • Can create and iterate complex game systems, and anticipate player impact and downstream effects
  • Passion for video games, with a relentless thirst for learning from playing them

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience in social systems, meta-game systems, or monetization
  • Experience with Unreal Engine
  • Proficiency at scripting in game engines
  • Experience working on a multi-platform game
  • Experience working on a live product

Who we are:

At Phoenix Labs, we make games because we love them, and we love the way they inspire us, bring us together, and enrich our lives.

Our mosaic community of game developers is united by shared values and a singular mission: Do the best work of our careers creating timeless games, powered by trust, courage, and an unwavering regard for players and each other.

Phoenix Labs have studios located in Vancouver, Montreal, Los Angeles, and San Mateo. We are backed by Garena, our long-time partner in Southeast Asia.