Senior/Principal Combat Designer - Permanent


At PlayStation London Studio, we are on a mission to make award-winning, landmark games. Our upcoming PlayStation 5 online multiplayer game will be focused on a brand-new IP we are extraordinarily excited about.

Our new game is close to our hearts, as the whole team collaborated on coming up with the concept from the very beginning. We’ve seen this idea grow from a seed, and now we’re looking for new starters to continue our journey on shaping our plans for this AAA project.

We’re also a part of the PlayStation Studios family, a collective of teams - from Insomniac to Naughty Dog and many more. As such, we have solid support system – often knowledge sharing industry advancements so that all our studios, individually lead the way to create memorable gaming experiences.

About the Role

As a Senior/Principal Combat Designer, you will become the guiding light for our Gameplay team in the design and development of our melee combat mechanics for this action/adventure title. You'll collaborate with the rest of our design team to build combat into highly re-playable coop missions!

Our Gameplay Designers are hugely important to our journey, as they work closely with the team to craft and balance the mechanics, delivering outstanding gameplay which keeps players coming back for more! As part of a Sony first-party studio, your work will be played by millions of players across the world.

Our Combat Designer will have excellent instincts for what constitutes highly engaging combat. You'll be experienced in designing systems that can handle numerous enemies, co-op combinations, and combat scenarios. You are a clear communicator, able to take input from other teams to develop systems and continually improve as well as balance gameplay.

Scope of Work

About you

Experience / Knowledge


Impact & Complexity

We are looking for Combat Designers working at a Senior or Principal level. You will build and explore large, interconnected gameplay mechanics and would be encouraged to set an excellent standard of work and offer support to less experienced Designers.

If you are at a Principal level, you will have several years' experience developing AAA console/PC titles, through all stages of development cycle at a Senior level. Therefore, you will bring expert level knowledge to the team and will have more responsibility.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We encourage you to bring your best-unaltered self to work. Inclusivity is one of our studio values, which means we embrace different perspectives to fuel our creativity and we know that our games are stronger for it!

It is important to us that our teams are passionate about diversity and inclusion. They must understand that these words speak to people’s lived experiences that may differ to their own. We encourage our teams to educate themselves and show support and their commitment to DE&I (diversity, equity, and inclusion). As an example, some of our outreach activities include giving talks, mentoring, speaking at schools, running roundtables and much more.

We therefore welcome applications from all groups who are underrepresented in the games industry. We can offer training to upskill our team, so if you don’t feel you meet 100% of the job criteria, we still strongly encourage you to apply and look forward to hearing from you.


Our roles can be flexible in terms of work location in the UK. We will consider the individual’s preference for hybrid, remote or onsite working. We may be able to support remote working from a selection of other countries depending on location and the role you're applying to, so please reach out to see if that could be a possibility. If you wish to relocate to the UK and require sponsorship, we can support you with the visa process.

We have so many benefits, and we felt that if we listed them all out here it might look like we are bragging! What we can say is that we have you covered, from health and wellbeing, to finance and personal development, there is something there for everyone! If you would like to know more head to our benefits and perks page!

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