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Principal Designer AI



Hangar 13 is seeking a Principal AI Designer for their Brighton location to work on the next iteration of the Mafia franchise. The ideal candidate should have experience in creating engaging AI systems and behaviors that provide great gameplay and help sell the fantasy of the game. They will be responsible for designing and implementing large sections of AI systems, features, and behaviors from prototype to shipping. The candidate should have a passion for creating complex, balanced systems and linking those to desired player experiences. They should also have experience in cross-disciplinary collaboration and have the ability to work well with team members from other disciplines and in other locations. The candidate should have experience with Unreal Engine 4 or 5 and have helped ship at least one AAA game in a Senior AI Design role or above. The position is permanent, and the candidate will report to the Lead Designer.

Job description

JOB TITLE:         Principal AI Designer

LOCATION:         Brighton

REPORTS TO:    Lead Designer

CONTRACT:       Permanent


What We Need:

Hangar 13 is in search of an experienced and highly skilled AI Designer who has a passion for creating engaging AI Systems and Behaviours that provide great gameplay and really help sell the fantasy of the game. They will drive the creation of AI Systems, Archetypes and Behaviours from prototype through to release for the next iteration of the Mafia franchise.

What You Will Do:

  • Ownership of the design and implementation of large sections of AI systems, features and behaviours from prototype to shipping
  • Work closely with the AI Lead and relevant stakeholders to ensure delivery of engaging Stealth and Combat gameplay loopsHands on design and development of our combat and non-combat NPCs
  • Design new archetypes that fit the vision of a Mafia game. All the way from creative and technical design prototypes to enemy behaviours and abilities
  • Evangelize core gameplay features to the rest of the team and help develop best practices for the designers to utilize in their content
  • Ensure that players can understand AI intention and plan their combat accordingly
  • Analyse, validate and incorporate feedback from the team and external user testing
  • Collaborate in cross-discipline pods to implement, tune and balance combat
  • Author and maintain design documentation

Who We Think Will Be A Good Fit:

  • Passion for creating complex, balanced systems and linking those to desired player experiences
  • Keeps up to date with current industry trends, features and techniques related to the execution of engaging AIs
  • Has proven ability to create fun, engaging combat or non-combat NPCs in a previous role.
  • Cross-disciplinary collaboration is second nature to you, and you know how to use diverse opinions to bring the best out of your features
  • Experience with Unreal Engine 4 or 5
  • Helped shipped at least one AAA game in a Senior AI Design role or above



  • A strong understanding of game design principles and the role of AI in gameplay loops
  • Understanding of how AI, tactical space and player verbs combine to create unique moments
  • Ability to drive prioritization and scheduling of work for owned feature(s)
  • Creative problem-solving skills, able to consider both the details and the bigger picture
  • Can independently understand and solve technical challenges related your features
  • Strong documentation skills, proficiency with Wiki systems or Confluence is a plus
  • Strong collaboration skills, able to work well with team members from other disciplines and in other locations


Who We Are:


Hangar 13 is an internal 2K development studio based in four locations: Novato (California), Brighton (UK), and Brno & Prague (Czech Republic), working collaboratively as one team.

Each of our locations provides the opportunity to Bravely Create on big-budget, AAA console titles in a diverse and inclusive environment.


At Hangar 13, we want people driven by curiosity — Visionaries who aren’t afraid to explore new territory.  Intrepid individuals who embrace the weird, the challenging, the unconventional.

We’re continuing to build a space that empowers you to take risks and redefine what’s possible,

Where your inquisitive nature is nourished —

A home for people who aren’t satisfied with what is, but who are obsessed by what could be.

So bring your talent,

Your unique point-of-view, Your fearless tenacity,

And together, we’ll Bravely Create




Located just 45 minutes via train from London, Brighton is one of the UK’s most diverse and downright interesting cities. Sat right on the south coast of England, the city is home to a vibrant creative community and is known as an easy-going and tolerant place to live and work. Brighton is home to Victorian piers and palaces, brightly coloured stucco homes and a 5-mile long shingle beach which becomes a post-work social hub during the summer months.

Onsite amenities inside our state-of-the-art Brighton studio include a fully equipped kitchen, games room, gym (with showers) and our very own bar. We’re a 30 second walk from Brighton station.


Please note that 2K Games and its studios never uses instant messaging apps or personal email accounts to contact prospective employees or conduct interviews and when emailing, only use and accounts.


Location: Brighton, England, United Kingdom

Country: United Kingdom

Date found: 2023-04-14

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