Systems Designer

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Cloud Imperium Games in Austin, Texas is looking for a Mid-Level Systems Designer to help with creating compelling mission gameplay, AI, systemic gameplay systems that suit a “sandbox” environment and tuning of the economy within the Star Citizen universe.


  • Work closely with Lead Systems Designer to design and implement compelling gameplay that enhances the overall experience for Star Citizen’s Persistent Universe
  • Contribute towards systemic features that expands the functionality within Star Citizen
  • Implement systems and content that leverages the capabilities of existing systems
  • Create logical, archetype-based AI and/or Missions with our proprietary toolset that can be shared between our locations
  • Cleanly implement content with our designer tools and scripting language
  • Develop prototypes that clearly articulates the vision of the features/content for which you are responsible
  • Pitch concepts, designs, and gameplay improvements to project leads
  • Partner with cross-disciplinary teams to execute game systems
  • Use data analysis skills to plot how the game is being used. Draw conclusions and make recommendations for how to improve the experience
  • Routinely collect feedback from user-testing, the development team, and design management to refine gameplay mechanics
  • Solve problems in such a way that it will not affect other gameplay systems in adverse manner
  • Contribute to tools and workflow development, highlighting bottlenecks, or suggesting areas where tools could improve workflow
  • Fulfill other such duties and responsibilities assigned by Cloud Imperium Games reasonably consistent with employee’s skills and experience.


  • 3+ years of professional experience in game development – in a Systems/Tech Designer capacity
  • Experience working on 1 large scale AAA game or multiple mobile titles that involve 3D. (Preferably from pre-production to release)
  • Must have knowledge in C style programming language or visual scripting that handles gameplay systems such as weapon balancing, navigation mechanics, basic AI behavior, or scripted sequences
  • Positive, solution-oriented individual with a passion for game-development
  • Experience with next generation AAA game engines
  • Excellent sense for design and creating outstanding user experiences
  • Focused, motivated and effective on all tasks through completion
  • Keep a positive team-oriented attitude
  • Be proactive and self-motivated with the ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to accurately estimate tasks and complete them within given time constraints
  • Excellent English communication and written skills
  • Willing to relocate to Austin, Texas when the COVID WFH period is lifted
  • International travel may be require d as a part of this role


  • Experience with building behavior tree-based AI for FPS Experiences
  • Knowledge with using Kibana for data analysis
  • Massively Multiplayer Game experience
  • Multiplayer debugging experience
  • Experience with CryEngine/Lumberyard
  • Experience with data analysis
  • Strong interest in science-fiction based themes
  • Can point to personal projects or completed work that is a demonstrable example of previous work that highlights your abilities

This position is offered at our Austin Studio by Cloud Imperium Games Texas.

If you feel you have something to offer this role, even if you don’t think you qualify for all the above, you should still apply – we are an inclusive employer and if you have potential, talent, and a great work ethic, we want to hear from you.