Senior Gameplay Programmer
Longtail Studios Halifax - Halifax, NS

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Job Description

As an experienced gameplay programmer, you will be responsible for developing and maintaining high quality gamesystems. You will collaborate with programmers and designers to develop game features and functionality.


  • Develop, document, test and maintain highly accessible game systems and features in collaboration with other programmers and designers
  • Implement gameplay related functionality including controls, AI, NPC behaviours, camera movement and game mechanics
  • Work with team members to iterate and refine gameplay systems
  • Develop and optimize cutting edge game code on PC and next-generation consoles
  • Design and implement efficient and maintainable code (primarily in C++ although C, C# or assembly language may be required)
  • Troubleshoot gameplay related issues.
  • Proactively and methodically improve quality and efficiency.
  • Continuously strive to deliver a highly entertaining interactive experience.
  • Plan your schedule effectively using SCRUM/AGILE methodology
  • Support the team in fostering and improving software development processes
  • Mentor team members when required
  • Contribute innovative and original ideas toward all aspects of the game’s production and development


  • Passion and aptitude for game systems development
  • Applied knowledge of AI, scripting and gameplay systems
  • Proficiency in developing game mechanics
  • Experience of interfacing with graphics, physics, animation, audio, and online systems, with more in-depth knowledge of at least one of these areas.
  • Excellent understanding of performance sensitive programming (algorithmic and low level optimizations)
  • Experience in multithreading
  • Proficiency in Math/3D Algebra
  • Strong object-oriented design skills and proficiency in C++ programming and debugging
  • Objective profiling, analysis and optimization skills
  • Passion for creating and implementing good solutions, not just writing code
  • Knowledge of software engineering practices
  • Good team player
  • Good written and oral communication skills

The ideal candidate will have experience in most of the following areas:

  • Experience creating complex game systems
  • Good knowledge of game programming on at least one of the current consoles (PS3/Xbox 360)
  • (LUA) Script integration and application
  • Large scale production pipelines
  • Experience in cross-platform development
  • Experience with online/network gameplay systems
  • Experience with XML use
  • Credit on a shipped AAA game

Experience and Educational Requirements:

  • 4 years or more in game development, ideally in a similar role
  • 3 years or more in gameplay programming
  • At least one shipped game console title (Xbox 360/PS3)
  • BSc in CS, SE or equivalent
  • (Plus) Experience with game engines and middleware (example: Unreal, Gamebryo, Havok)
  • (Plus) Familiarity with build pipelines
  • (Plus) Experience mentoring other engineers

Social advantages and work conditions

  • Competitive salary scale $75,000 to $100,000 yearly, depending on qualifcations & experience
  • Comprehensive benefit plan including family coverage for medical, dental and optometric care
  • 100% Stress free relocation packages. (Let us worry about it all)