Narrative Writer II (6 Months Contract)

DesignContractorGreater Vancouver, BC

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  • Flexible Schedules & Remote Working Arrangements
  • People-focused Events & Initiatives
  • Competitive Compensation


  • Drafts and owns in-mission and scenario writing from concept to completion
  • Works closely with the Narrative Director, Design Lead, Audio, and Level Design teams to ensure writing compliments the needs of both story and gameplay
  • Works closely with Level Design to ensure in-game audio delivery triggers are appropriately set-up and compliments level pacing
  • Assists the Audio team and Narrative Director in casting and directing vocal talent
  • Works with the Project Manager to ensure that writing milestones are completed on time for delivery and production
  • Supports UI team in providing writing for any needed prompts or warnings
  • Implements writing using game engine editors and scripting tools
  • Data enters and maintains all in-game and internally documented prompts and cues for delivery to our localization partners
  • Investigates and documents pre-existing universe lore to ensure work remains consistent within the established IP
  • Actively participates in making recommendations on how to improve story and delivery quality; providing support for team members while fostering positive communication through professional, supportive, and prompt interactions


  • A minimum of 3 years of game development experience in a writing or design role on a shipped title
  • Writing experience in a similar capacity within the video game industry
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field, or a combination of education and relevant experience
  • Expert knowledge of the written English language
  • Quantifiable knowledge of gameplay development pipelines, gameplay systems, gameplay audio cues, text menus, and typical player behavior to make informed decisions when planning needed content
  • Moderate understanding of various game engine editors and development tools
  • Understanding localization needs/constraints
  • A passion for writing both character and plot driven experiences within a hard sci-fi space opera setting.
  • A moderate understanding of modern military operations, jargon, strategies, and tactics
  • A proven ability to work in a collaborative environment with the ability to iterate off feedback from project stakeholders
  • The ability to work within a shared universe IP where legacy plotlines, characters, or other story points established by pre-existing fiction must be respected
  • A proven problem solver with an analytical mind, open to critical thinking, and able to collaborate within a team-oriented environment


  • Experience writing for First Person Shooter (FPS) single player or multiplayer games
  • One AAA credited title on console/PC
  • One published novel length story as the primary writing credit
  • Ability to think of creative solutions to technical limitations of the game engine
  • Passion for gaming
  • Passion for the MechWarrior/Battletech universe IP
  • Fluent in any one of our localized languages (French, German, Russian)

Want to know more? Submit your application and let us tell you about working at Piranha and why we love it!

Founded in 2000, Piranha Games is an action gaming studio with unparalleled experience developing licensed products for big-name franchises, including AAA licensed titles such as; Need for Speed: Undercover and Duke Nukem Forever. Best known for the Free-to-Play game title MechWarrior Online, PGI is as committed as ever to creating world-class action-based games, having most recently released MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries. Piranha Games is part of the Enad Global 7 group. For more information, please visit

Piranha Games is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to fostering an inclusive environment for all employees. Formal education is not always required. All team members are hand-picked because they are skilled in their individual fields, immensely creative and hard workers. We hire avid gamers and mold them to the standards we believe make amazing products.

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We thank you for your interest in this position. Due to the number of applications, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.