Northwest Media based in Eugene, OR is seeking a Lead Engineer to assist in the development of a serious game for teens that are deemed at-risk. These teens are usually in a foster care or group home situation and lack the self-efficacy to emancipate from the system, find and keep a job and to rent an apartment to achieve independent living.
This third person RPG serious game will introduce at-risk teens to the concepts and skills needed for them to achieve self-efficacy. That is, the ability to change ones situation to get their desired outcome in the way they want it to happen.
The Lead Engineer will work with the Lead Game Designer, Lead Technical Artist, the Art Director, Project Director and others to satisfy development goals.
Lead Engineer Job Responsibilities
Create data driven gameplay systems that allow rapid design iteration
Keep up to date with the latest gameplay innovations from other games
Review and critique all design documentation for technical and budgeting feasibility
Assist in hiring efforts as needed related to finding and interviewing talent
Help fill knowledge gaps among team members by educating them as needed
Establish programming standards for others on the team to follow
Use Unity to rapidly prototype various gameplay ideas
As needed, develop/modify systems related to core engine components (sound, physics, networking, graphics, UI, AI)
Contribute to the planning and development of gameplay experiences throughout prototype and production phases
Lead Engineer Job Requirements
Two plus years of experience with Unity 3D and experienced with version 3.2
CS degree or equivalent industry experience of shipped titles
Have knowledge of and a willingness to work in a SCRUM-like agile production process
Experience in gameplay programming in conversation, AI, inventory, economy systems and more
Experience in developing and shipping games in a senior or lead position
Strong English communication skills
Live in the Pacific Time zone, near Eugene, OR or Portland, OR