Environment Designer

Retro Studios
Austin, TX, USA
Job type: Permanent

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Job Description


  • Design, implement, and maintain game environments in a highly iterative development environment.
  • Plan out thoughtful and intentional player experiences at both macro and micro levels.
  • Use proprietary toolset to design, build, script, integrate, and optimize game environments.
  • Provide constructive feedback for features, environments, and processes.
  • Evaluate and implement feedback from all relevant sources.
  • Write and illustrate clear design documentation.
  • Collaborate with other departments to ensure content meets established goals and parameters.
  • Foster a highly positive team culture by building consensus and using collaborative approaches to conflict resolution.

*This job description outlines primary duties and requirements and is not intended to identify all tasks that may be performed; individuals occupying the position may be required to perform other duties.  The company may modify job duties from time to time, either in practice or in writing.

Skills & Requirements


  • A minimum of 3+ years of experience in game environment design, including experience on a shipped 3D action adventure title.
  • Extensive knowledge of game environment design.
  • A working knowledge of standard industry game engines, design toolsets, and production pipelines.
  • Willingness to be open and flexible when collaborating with others to achieve a design.
  • Rigorous and iterative design and ideation methodology.
  • Strong composition, narrative, and environmental storytelling skills.
  • Strong organizational, communication, and influencing skills.
  • A passion for Nintendo and Retro titles preferred.
  • Skill with Illustrator, Photoshop, and Maya preferred.
  • Examples of prior work must be available upon request.

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is offered

How to Apply

About the Company

Founded in 1998, Retro Studios is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nintendo Company, Ltd.  Retro is a state-of-the-art game development studio, working in conjunction with Nintendo to bring award-winning games to Nintendo's cutting-edge next-generation platforms.  Retro Studios is in beautiful Austin, Texas. With rolling hills, scenic waterways, abundant wildlife, vibrant music and film scenes, and a laid-back cosmopolitan culture, Austin is a dynamic city with an excellent quality of life.  Austin's sunny weather also supports a great range of outdoor activities, providing plenty of venues for top-notch game developers to recharge and unwind.