Why PlayStation?

PlayStation isn’t just the Best Place to Play — it’s also the Best Place to Work. Today, we’re recognized as a global leader in entertainment producing The PlayStation family of products and services including PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®VR, PlayStation®Plus, acclaimed PlayStation software titles from PlayStation Studios, and more.

PlayStation also strives to create an inclusive environment that empowers employees and embraces diversity. We welcome and encourage everyone who has a passion and curiosity for innovation, technology, and play to explore our open positions and join our growing global team.

The PlayStation brand falls under Sony Interactive Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation.


Join the award-winning team that created God of War

We are seeking a Sr Combat Designer to design and implement Enemy and Boss characters.

You will assist, collaborate with, and take direction from Lead Combat Designers and Directors as needed various characters from concept to implementation completion.

You will also work with multiple disciplines including Animation, Level Design, Character Art, Vis Dev, Encounters, etc. in ensuring that characters are cohesively executed in game. Senior level applicants are expected to be able to drive features forward by representing them with confidence and knowledge, and keep all feature stakeholders well informed, as well as using their skills and experience to bolster the team via process improvement, mentorship, and leading by example.


  • Create high level character design intent & combat flow plans
  • Character animation and behavior implementation via state machines, behavior trees, visual effects, sound effects and various other scripting systems
  • Iteratively work within the set standard for all character asset design, creation, and in-game implementation within the production path as it relates to design, art and otherwise
  • Attend and participate in combat-specific discussions concerning combat design and combat design issues
  • Attend and participate in production-related discussions concerning relevant feature pipelines and roadmaps
  • Represent complex design and character features to multiple departments as “the point person”
  • Value the relationship between gameplay elements in a level (and in the overall game) and the ways the player can respond to each gameplay element
  • Respond to and act on playtest and lead feedback to create the best experience for all player skill levels
  • Drive and create opportunities for value addition within the team and studio


  • Significant experience using text-based and visual scripting languages to set-up character logic, debug complex problems, and test work thoroughly
  • Self-sufficient in getting to the root of a problem or issue and taking the necessary steps to find solutions
  • Basic knowledge of vector math, scripting languages, and code (e.g., XML, C++, Lua) is required
  • Must be able to grasp and work with code-based proprietary tools to implement and troubleshoot assigned characters
  • Must have knowledge of competitive products and various gameplay genres, as well as a personal understanding of video game fun with regards to combat and enemy design
  • Ability to think logically with a strong level of attention to detail - should be able to break down design concepts and analyze them with regards to purpose and intent
  • Must possess quality written communication skills and the ability to convey abstract concepts
  • Must be able to professionally communicate and work with other members of the game production team
  • Must be able to speak to and discuss, in depth, combat systems, mechanics, and enemies in one or more 3rd person melee action RPGs
  • 4-plus years in game development, with at least two in a Character design capacity (creative and technical)

Preferred Experience

  • Candidates who are fluent with the combat design choices, systems, mechanics, and enemies in God of War (2018) and God of War Ragnarök (2022) are preferred



 Please refer to our Candidate Privacy Notice for more information about how we process your personal information, and your data protection rights.


At SIE, we consider several factors when setting each role’s base pay range, including the competitive benchmarking data for the market and geographic location.

Please note that the base pay range may vary in line with our hybrid working policy and individual base pay will be determined based on job-related factors which may include knowledge, skills, experience, and location. 

In addition, this role
is eligible for SIE’s top-tier benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, matching 401(k), paid time off, wellness program and coveted employee discounts for Sony products. This role also may be eligible for a bonus package. Click here to learn more.


The estimated base pay range for this role is listed below.
$122,600$183,800 USD

Equal Opportunity Statement:

Sony is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All persons will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender (including gender identity, gender expression and gender reassignment), race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, marital or civil partnership status, disability, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, trade union membership or membership in any other legally protected category.

We strive to create an inclusive environment, empower employees and embrace diversity. We encourage everyone to respond.

PlayStation is a Fair Chance employer and qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records will be considered for employment.

Apply for this Job

* Required

resume chosen  
(File types: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf)
cover_letter chosen  
(File types: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf)

US Voluntary Demographic Question


Voluntary Self-Identification

Our vision at PlayStation is to bring out the best in our global team members by creating a sense of belonging, being a place where they can grow, and ensuring everyone feels valued, heard, and supported so we can push the boundaries of play. That vision begins our candidates, and we are working to better understand the diversity of our candidate population.  
This data will also be aggregated and sent to the government for reporting purposes. Please know that the completion of this form is entirely voluntary. Your personally identifiable information (name, address, etc) will not be considered in the hiring process or thereafter. Any information that you choose to provide will be recorded and maintained in a confidential file for XX time.


Protected Veteran

You are a “protected veteran” under United States law if any of the following apply to you:

  • Disabled Veteran: a veteran of the U.S. military who is entitled to compensation (or who would be entitled to compensation if not for the receipt of military retired pay) under the administration of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and/or a person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability. 
  • Recently Separated Veteran: a veteran who has discharged or released from active duty in the U.S. military within the last three years.
  • Armed Forces Service Medal Veteran: a veteran who, while serving on active duty in the U.S. military, participated in a U.S. military operation for which an Armed Forces Service Medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985.



Under U.S. law, you are considered to have a disability if you have a physical or mental impairment or medical condition that substantially limits a major life activity, or if you have a history or record of such an impairment or medical condition.

Identifying yourself as an individual with a disability is voluntary, and we hope that you will choose to do so. Your answer will be maintained confidentially and will not be seen by selecting officials or anyone else involved in making personnel decisions, nor will it be shared with our accommodations team . Completing the form will not negatively impact you in any way, regardless of whether you have self-identified in the past.

Gender (Select one) *

Gender Identity (Select one) *

What are your personal pronouns?  (Select one) *

Sexual Orientation (Select one) *

Are you Hispanic/Latinx? (Select one) *

Please identify your race/ethnicity (Select one) *

Are you a protected veteran? (Select one) *

Do you have a disability?  (Select one) *

Our system has flagged this application as potentially being associated with bot traffic. Please turn off any VPNs, clear your browser cache and cookies, or try submitting your application in a different browser. If this issue persists, please reach out to our support team via our help center.
Please complete the reCAPTCHA above.