Half Mermaid Productions is an independent video game studio founded by Sam Barlow. Our mission is to create authored, player-centric stories across the spectrum of narrative genres.

We are hiring! See our current open roles below:

Lead Level Designer

We are seeking a Lead Level Designer to join our studio and lead the level design for an upcoming project in development, including creating and managing a small team.

The project is a third person horror game with experimental narrative, a return to the genre that Sam previously explored with Silent Hill: Shattered Memories. Candidates with experience of shipping a third person Unreal title on console are preferred. We’re combining AAA experience with indie agility to deliver a big, ambitious game and are assembling a small team to make it happen. You will be joining the project for early ideation and setting the tone with hands on design work to establish the game’s world.

This is a full-time position on a remote team. Our studio is based in Brooklyn, NY and occasional travel to New York City may be required. Currently, we cannot offer visa sponsorships to non-US citizens, but all are encouraged to apply.


  • Spearhead the design of a dense and complex game world, drawing from real world precedents; incorporating layered and non-linear narrative and progression
  • Manage and mentor a small level design team
  • Experienced with complex level design, procedural assets and streaming design
  • Shipped a character based game on console
  • Experienced with Unreal Engine
  • Loves doors
  • An appreciation for narrative and psychological horror
  • Alignment with our studio’s stated mission and values


Please email [email protected] with a resume, cover letter, and link to your portfolio.

Designers from traditionally marginalized identities within the game industry are highly encouraged to apply. Half Mermaid Productions does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us: [email protected].