Senior World Designer (m/f/d)

Full Time | Hamburg, Germany

For more than 15 years Deep Silver FISHLABS has been creating compelling games that have been brought to life on millions of screens across the globe. We joined the Deep Silver / Koch Media family in late 2013 and, since then, we have continuously raised the quality bar. Today, we are one of three internal development studios run by our parent company, alongside Deep Silver Volition in the US and Deep Silver Dambuster Studio in the UK.

We specialize in high-end 3D games for consoles and PC. With a strong development history and award-winning portfolio of mobile games; such as blockbuster space-action shooter Galaxy on Fire: Manticore and the tactical zombie brawler Dead Island: Survivors; we are currently developing thrilling titles for the PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch.

Every ambitious mission needs excellent pros. People like you!

Your Crew

You will be part of a small World Design team that is working on a state-of-the-art 3D SciFi game in a positive and productive environment. Your team consists of Game Designers and Programmers who all share one common goal: To create an outstanding gaming experience in a vast and rich SciFi universe on consoles and PC.

Mission Briefing

  • Conception of a gameworld for a new, hitherto unannounced game
  • Develop high-level concepts for open-world levels, mission flow, player motivation, pacing and player guidance throughout the gameworld
  • Cooperate with narrative design and art to develop and prototype the environment to produce a captivating world and locations, encouraging exploration and discovery
  • Bring open-world areas and sub-levels through every phase of development from concept to final polish: blocking out, building, scripting, adding events, dressing and fine-tuning
  • Collaborate with all other disciplines to guide, form and refine all aspects of the game into a dense and coherent game world
  • Devise creative solutions to gameplay and balancing issues
  • Control the accessibility, understanding, and level of difficulty of the gameplay areas you are working on.
  • Aggregate and evaluate user feedback and iterate issues proactively
  • Produce and take ownership of design specs, balance spreadsheets, and other game documentation
  • Champion and communicate your designs to the rest of the team


  • At least 5 years of work experience as a Game Designer in the games industry
  • Participation in all relevant phases and stages of the production of at least 2 finished and released video games
  • Experience in envisioning, communicating and creating engaging game worlds
  • Strong visual storytelling skills and an excellent understanding of 3D game spaces
  • An eye for composition and cinematography as well as the ability to envision, communicate and create appealing locations and environment
  • Excellent understanding of level design fundamentals: learning curves, means of player direction, difficulty levels, balancing, pacing, motivation and reward cycles, accessibility, etc.
  • High capacity for teamwork and excellent communication skills
  • Self-contained way of working and high level of self-motivation
  • Positive work attitude and ability to give as well as receive objective criticism
  • Basic knowledge of game and graphic engines and preferably professional production experience in Unreal 4.
  • Very good command of the English language (both written and spoken)
  • Experience in the development of console games
Mission Support

We are just as passionate about our games as we are about their creators (Could that be you?!). Your job comes with personal responsibility, freedom and short decision-making routes. And most importantly - A motivated, international team full of fellow gamers.

The studio is located in a bright, modern office, right in the center of Hamburg. With a selection of benefits for all our staff: Including discounted gym membership, fresh fruit and a variety of free drinks. A healthy work-life balance is important to you? For us too! That’s why we are also awarded as a family-friendly workplace. Coming from abroad? No problem! We also offer relocation packages.

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