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Narrative Lead

Company: 31st Union
Location: San Mateo
Posted on: January 15, 2023

Job Description:


Who we are:

We are a diverse team of developers driven by a passion for our art, united by our core values and inspired by a culture of inclusivity to build amazing games that thrill players everywhere. We pursue growth and innovation in an environment of safety and trust. Our culture is built on the belief that the more varied voices in our collective will strengthen our team and our games. We are looking for our next teammate who will raise our bar and make us better.

What we need:

We're looking for a Narrative Lead to join our team to lead narrative and writing efforts that will shape the future of storytelling in online multiplayer gaming. As our Narrative Lead, you'll help bring vibrant and diverse characters to life and tell engaging and thrilling stories. You'll help develop the game's world story and characters, working closely with the narrative, design, art, and audio teams to realize a collective vision. You'll work closely with engineering and design to help guide the systems that will deliver narrative to our players. You will advocate for the vision of the game inside the studio and help craft communications that directly reach players in our community. We're a studio that fosters an environment and culture where developers are empowered to do the best work of their careers as part of an incredible team effort. If this is you, let's talk!


  • Shepherd narrative efforts both in and out-of-game, working with a team of writers, designers and other partners to develop and execute on our shared vision.
  • Provide feedback and guidance on the execution of all narrative elements including story, character and narrative delivery features.
  • Pitch, develop and write for original characters, storylines, world locations and lore.
  • Write and iterate on compelling, character-building dialogue.
  • Collaborate deeply with other disciplines and serve as a resource for other team members, inspiring and providing context to the content they are creating.
  • Research gathering and documentation.
  • Support studio and publishing partners in helping to create external communications about our IP and game experience ensuring the creative vision and studio voice are expressed cohesively.
  • Provide feedback on works in progress across all areas of the game based on daily playtesting.

    Who you are:

    Required experience:
    • Strong passion for narrative and writing in games is a must!
    • Experience writing dialogue, characters, storylines for games and/or other forms of media
    • Experience with modern game engines (Unreal, Unity, etc.)
    • Strong understanding of unique issues of design and storytelling in games
    • Have knowledge of today's pop culture and entertainment landscape
    • Understanding of what it takes to make representative, authentic characters
    • 5+ years experience, and a track-record of quality shipped titles in a narrative role, preferably in leadership and in the multiplayer space

      Relevant experience:
      • Experience with scripting
      • Experience casting and directing voiceover recording
      • A passion for authentic representation in games & game development
      • A self-starter who can align with the team's shared goals but isn't hesitant to create solutions on their own
      • Comfortable with rapid iteration based off feedback
      • Ability to iterate & collaborate under deadlines & production constraints

        Join our mission: Bring fun, inspiration and awe to our lives and to our community:

        31 st Union prides itself on the diversity of its team members, partners, and communities. For this reason, we remain committed to providing equal employment opportunity in all aspects of the employment relationship, from recruitment and hiring through compensation, benefits, discipline and termination. This means that employment at 31 st Union depends on your substantive ability, objective qualifications and work ethic - not on your age, race (including traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles), height, weight, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and expression), alienage or citizenship status, transgender, military or veteran status, physical or mental disability (actual or perceived), medical condition, AIDS/HIV, denial of family and medical care leave, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, pregnancy status, childbirth, breastfeeding (or related medical conditions), marital status or registered domestic partner status, political activity or affiliation, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, arrest record, or taking or requesting statutorily protected leaves, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws.

        As an equal opportunity employer, we are also committed to ensuring that qualified individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation(s) to participate in the job application and/or interview process, to perform their essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us if you need to request reasonable accommodation.

        The pay range for this position in California at the start of employment is expected to be between $90,000 and $130,000 per year. However, base pay offered is based on market location, and may vary further depending on individualized factors for job candidates, such as job-related knowledge, skills, experience, and other objective business considerations. Subject to those same considerations, the total compensation package for this position may also include other elements, including a bonus and/or equity awards, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment. If hired, employee will be in an 'at-will position' and the company reserves the right to modify base salary (as well as any other discretionary payment or compensation or benefit program) at any time, including for reasons related to individual performance, company or individual department/team performance, and market factors.

        SECURITY NOTICE - We have recently been made aware of increasing occurrences of bad actors posing as company HR personnel to gain information from "potential candidates", in the form of job interviews and offers. These scams can be quite sophisticated and appear legitimate.

        Please know that 31st Union and 2K never uses instant messaging apps to contact prospective employees or to conduct interviews.

        If you believe you have been a victim of such a scam, you may fill out a complaint form at and detailing as much as possible. We are taking these matters very seriously and apologize for any inconvenience.

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Keywords: 31st Union, San Mateo , Narrative Lead, Other , San Mateo, California

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