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Narrative Designer (Mid to Senior)

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Narrative Designer (Mid to Senior)

Bungie is looking for Narrative Designers to help expand the Destiny universe. We need a scribe to work with various design disciplines to bring the Destiny experience to life through mission dialogue, cinematics, and other story-telling channels. 

You’ll be called upon to work closely with numerous teams across the studio to apply prose fiction, naming conventions, UI strings, and dialogue for various design features. A special focus of this position will be close collaboration with activity and narrative designers to drive the narrative for a release. The ideal candidate should feel comfortable working inside an established tone and style and be able to take direction while bringing to bear their own creative talents.

With a focus on teamwork and cross-discipline collaboration, this is a great opportunity to work with a talented team of storytellers to deliver compelling narratives in the Destiny universe.

Responsibilities

  • Design and implement compelling narrative moments based on project goals
  • Own, build, and execute on the vision for the narrative experience of a release
  • Create captivating activity dialogue and cinematic content that remain on tone with the established style of the franchise and the product
  • Partner with Narrative leadership as well as designers and artists to bring compelling, world-expanding fiction to the gameplay experience
  • Iterate and modify work based on direction from both Project and Narrative Leadership
  • Contribute in the creation of multifaceted stories and three-dimensional characters with strong motivations and well-defined dramatic arcs
  • Generate and maintain story treatments, character bios, environment guides, casting documents, and other supporting narrative documentation
  • Prepare reference materials and scripts for recording sessions
  • Provide support on an as-needed basis to marketing and communication efforts
  • Collaborate with Creative Lead to develop characters and stories to drive immersive player experiences
  • Collaborate with designers to provide fiction/writing support to new features and other design requests
  • Identify opportunities and push new avenues for the storytelling experience
  • Collaborate with and inspire the development team to deliver on story goals
  • Ensure that fiction team deliverables are completed in accordance with challenging deadlines and production realities
  • Master the tools and workflows associated with creating narrative content, ensure it is working in game
  • Promote healthy workflows and solicit support for improvements
  • Mentors other writers and leads by example, both in content generation and professionalism
  • Support an imaginative and fun work environment

Required Skills

  • Minimum five years of experience doing narrative design and writing for AAA or MMO titles
  • Ability to iterate and react to feedback in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment
  • Ability to assess and emulate the tone, themes, and character voices of Destiny
  • Strong game, prose, and cinematics writing abilities
  • A passion for and knowledge of narrative in games and other interactive experiences
  • Comfortable working with proprietary toolsets
  • Exemplary interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Must be able to take direction well, yet own and drive tasks
  • Solid understanding of game production, design tool limitations and systems
  • Exceptional team player with the ability to collaborate towards achieving product goals