Marathon Associate AI Designer

October 02, 2023
Offerd Salary:$75,000—$89,000
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We are looking for an Associate AI Designer to join Marathon's diverse gameplay team. Marathon's AI designers strive to create fun gameplay experiences by bringing life to the characters players interact with. We value making every encounter different and creating AI with a mindset that NPCs rely on their senses just as players do.

As an Associate AI Designer on Marathon, you will be responsible for crafting AI characters, creatures, and enemies to populate systemic encounters across a living world. You will write design specs, create new characters, author new AI behavior, and tune AI combat difficulty. You will coordinate with other AI designers, AI engineers, 3D artists, animators, visual effects artists, and the audio team to breathe life into characters that provide players with both exciting challenges and clear cues to their moment-to-moment gameplay intentions.


  • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of content creators and engineers to create memorable AI experiences
  • Proactively solicit feedback from stakeholders, and constantly upgrade your ideas and implementations based on that feedback
  • Use Bungie's in-house character creation and data editing tools to create new characters, weapons, attacks, and abilities
  • Write text-based scripts that define the behavior tree for AI in the game, using a proprietary scripting language
  • Fine-tune data for enemies to get the challenge level right for a wide variety of situations in both solo and group play
  • Troubleshoot, debug, and fix AI behavior and performance

  • Intuitive understanding of what makes a character interaction memorable, including what players are looking for in combat with enemies
  • Ability to communicate and work closely with other disciplines
  • Ability to break down what is not working on a character and creatively turn that knowledge into realistic ways to solve issues

  • Familiarity implementing gameplay in scripting or programming languages
  • Knowledge of the animation process and terminology, e.g. anticipation, follow through, character and timing
  • Understanding of how another designer could use AI characters to create a fun and memorable encounter
  • Listed below is this role's base pay range. In other locations that Bungie has approved for remote work, this pay range may be adjusted up to +/- 10% and some roles may be classified as non-exempt (hourly).

    This range is determined by an array of factors, including training, transferable skills, work experience, business needs, and market demands. Additionally, it is subject to change and may be modified in the future.

    In the journey to make incredible worlds, Bungie employees don't simply do meaningful work - they receive meaningful support. Competitive salaries and discretionary bonus opportunities are just the start. We offer comprehensive healthcare coverage, generous 401(k) matching, flexible time off policies, paid parental leave, social clubs, and so much more. Check out our benefits page: Benefits - Bungie Careers to see all the perks that come with joining Bungie.

    Bellevue Pay Range

    $75,000—$89,000 USD

    Bungie full-time (non-contract) employees in the U.S. also receive:

  • 20 days of accrued time-off in the form of PTO and sabbatical days, depending on the level of the position
  • 10 paid Floating Days annually, prorated in the first year of employment based on start date
  • 10 paid Bungie-observed holidays annually
  • One hour of Paid Sick Time (PST) for every 30 hours worked
  • Contract and International FTE employees receive competitive benefits through their relevant contracting agency.

    So you don't meet every requirement listed in this job description? Do you think your experience level is not where it needs to be? Studies show that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they believe they meet every single qualification. Bungie is focused on building a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace. If you're interested in this position but your past experience doesn't line up perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we want you to apply anyway. The right role for you may be right around the corner!

    Most Bungie full-time employees will adopt a digital first approach allowing remote work in Bungie approved locations (outside of positions identified as 100% onsite in Bellevue/Seattle, or individuals preferring a hybrid/flex environment). Prospective full-time employees located outside of CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, IL, MA, MD, MI, MN, NC, NJ, NY, OR, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, or WI will need to establish residency in one of the states we are compliant in within 45 days of a start date. Contractors will follow a digital first approach adhering to the location guidelines agreed upon by our third-party employer/vendor and Bungie. Bungie's remote policy is subject to change at the company's discretion.

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