Design Director - Orbital



We are nDreams, an award-winning independent developer and publisher, delivering world-leading interactive VR experiences.

Our new fully remote studio nDreams Studio Orbital has just been announced, and we’re looking for talented people to help pioneer development in live service games for VR that will entertain players for years.

We have the speed and creative flexibility of a start-up, with the experience and backing of the team behind Fracked, Far Cry: Dive Into Insanity and #1 Selling, Award-winning Phantom: Covert Ops.

This is an exciting opportunity to be at the heart of both a new team and project right from the start.


Virtual Studio Team Qualities

  • Driven You love making games and aspire to be the best at your craft.
  • Trustworthy You are open, honest and dependable.
  • Team Player You and the team are stronger when working together.
  • Articulate You communicate ideas clearly both in verbal and written form.

This is a unique opportunity to become one of the founding members of the nDreams: Virtual Studio and create world-class VR experiences.

As Design Director, you will be hiring and mentoring a diverse team of designers to create genre leading games. You will be driving high quality designs for our products that align with the game vision, the aspirations of our players and business needs.

Your attention to detail and ability to build a team is what makes you an ideal candidate. The role will encompass ‘hands-on’ ideation and prototyping during the initial stages, before progressing to leadership, management and responsibility for the overall design team and game pillars. You will ultimately be responsible for forging your department from scratch with the exciting possibilities that entails. You will transform good to great.

What Will You Be Doing?

  • Build and shape the team. Hire, manage and mentor a team of designers.
  • Establish and convey a clear design vision and set of pillars to rally the team.
  • Run design sprints and workshops to explore the problem space and align the team.
  • Forge our product’s feel, core loop and mechanics from scratch, balancing creativity with commercial pragmatism.
  • Ensure our design tools and production pipeline are fit for purpose.
  • Communicate design thinking as coherently as possible via prototypes, documentation or any other suitable medium.
  • Evaluate product requirements, raise potential risks and propose solutions.
  • Hands-on creation of documentation, systems and levels during the initial phase of studio growth.
  • Regular teardowns of competitor products with applicable lessons for the team.


  • A self-starter able to forge both a fully functioning team and game design from the ground-up.
  • 7 years games industry experience, including at least 3 shipped titles.
  • A deep knowledge of common games engines (Unreal or Unity).
  • Experience building games as a service a bonus. Namely what transforms a successful one-off experience into a dominant live product that persists for years.
  • Comfortable working in an Agile environment and responsive to change in the face of uncertainty.
  • A diverse and all-round knowledge of the games industry and business trends.


Our growing studio shares a passion for innovation, collaboration and defining the future of VR. We encourage an open, creative, and diverse culture and empower people to explore their ideas and put their own stamp on projects. With humble beginnings of our own, we combine big projects and opportunities with a personal, caring touch. We’re proud of our culture – come and see why!

We offer some great perks, including flexible core hours, private health insurance, pension, 20 days holiday (increasing yearly to a maximum of 25 days), two duvet days plus a day off to celebrate your birthday. As you’d guess, we provide all the equipment you need to create amazing VR experiences.

We are a remote first studio with the advantages that brings. We will hold social get togethers once per quarter in London to bond and become the best team we can be.


Salary is competitive and dependent on your experience.

If you think this could be the role for you, we’d love you to get in touch!  Drop us your CV via the link below. 


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