World Design Director

Smilegate Barcelona is seeking an experienced lead world / level designer to own and drive the creation of an immersive world for a new and ambitious AAA game.
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 Our goal is a combination of best-in-class combat and exploration spaces to create a living world of possibility that will deeply immerse players.

We are looking for someone with:

  • A drive and passion for creating meaningful and inspiring areas that players will want to explore
  • Excellent knowledge of the competition and the methods they use to create open-world play spaces
  • Good respect for combat spaces and the metrics used in their construction enabling dynamic and compelling battle spaces
  • The ability to operate both at a high world level but also at the low encounter-based level
  • High-level awareness of environmental storytelling and knowing how to enrich the locations with this


What the role involves:

Working hand in hand with the art and design departments this is an opportunity to get in on the ground floor and build your own team on a project where the world is a central part.

  • Working with the Creative Director to define, own and champion the project living world pillars and vision
  • Drive the development and creation of high-quality AAA environments
    • Be the representative for world design to all other parties
    • Work alongside the combat, AI and narrative leads to design and implement gameplay enabling playspaces
  • Build up a world-class world and level design team by helping to interview and hiring level designers
    • Be the mentor, guide and leader of your team of handpicked designers
    • Provide meaningful feedback to the world design team during play sessions
    • Create and maintain a prospering level design culture within the world design team
  • Help drive the development of standard-setting world design tools and workflow
    • Ensuring a productive internal workflow and beneficial relationships with external partners
    • Working with other teams to develop immersion enhancing features such as weather and night/day systems


Role requirements:

  • Excellent track record - credited on at least 2 shipped games either as Lead level/world director, lead/ senior-level/world designer
  • Working knowledge of at least one of the major 3D modeling packages and being able to get hands-on to create environments
  • Strong level design skills - capable of defining level metrics and consistently applying them
  • Good understanding of what works and doesn’t in leading open-world games - especially how combat spaces and terrain narrative intersect
  • Strong communication skills - with the ability to communicate and collaborate across multiple teams
  • Ability to lead by example and delegate as required

Good to have:

  • Experience with procedural methods of content creation


  • 23 vacation days per year + Christmas Holiday (From Dec 24 ~ Jan 1) 
  • Flexible Working Hours & Flexible Friday.
  •  Restaurant Tickets:  approx 180 € per month (2.160€/year).
  • Private Health insurance including dental coverage.
  • Breakfast in the Office.
  • Company parties and events.
  • Relocation Package and VISA (when needed)
  • Special tax Regime support (taxation of 24% Spanish )
  • Friday beers and the most important....very nice SmileMates 

Are you ready to join our Smile-family? We are already excited to have you! 

We usually respond within three days

Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!


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08008 Barcelona Directions View page

Why join us?

We offer you an excellent place to work in the center of Barcelona, well communicated in a sunny office. We will keep you engaged and motivated. You will be part of the next AAA open world game and you will enjoy the process.

But let's go to the details:

  • Medical Insurance

    Smilegate will cover you with our medical plan.

  • Office perks

    Weekly fresh fruit, tasty coffee, and other office daily needs.

  • More benefits incoming

    Stay tuned! We're working to get an amazing welcome pack for our new joiners.

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