High Moon Studios

Location: San Diego, CA

Founded: 2002

Website: http://www.highmoonstudios.com/

High Moon Studios is a video game developer best known for creating action titles based on licensed properties from the Transformers and Bourne films. The company is a subsidiary of Activision.


Notable Products

  • Darkwatch
  • Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Conspiracy
  • Transformers: War for Cybertron
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon

What to Expect

High Moon Studios occupies a 50,000-square-foot facility in the Carlsbad area of San Diego County in southern California. The company has occupied that space, which once belonged to a Sega developer, since 2002. Taking advantage of the opportunity to build-to-suit, High Moon outfitted the industrial, warehouse-like space in a manner that embraced the studio’s west coast location. The Wave is a conference room built out of blue, undulating walls that represent the tides that break on the San Diego shores. The Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles inspired a second conference room. Frank Gehry’s architectural masterpiece is an unmistakable landmark of the L.A. area. Oh yeah, and they have a half-pipe. Why not?

The interior design of the facility is one of both form and function; the studio brass wanted an environment that was conducive to productivity, but also relaxing and inviting. A peek around the corners and corridors of the developer’s workspaces will reveal numerous surfboard racks. Employees are encouraged to break away for a couple hours and refresh by catching waves and rays. It is a belief held by most in the game industry that you’ve got to let your developers have fun to make fun. It is also a well-known fact that developers need to be well fed. Breakfast and lunch are prepared daily in the dining area.

A game company is in business to make money, so the workday cannot be all surfing and chowing down. High Moon has invested considerably in creating a state-of-the-art studio, including dedicated areas for cinematic production, audio recording and mixing, Foley recording, video editing, and even a focus group/playtesting room. The company will occasionally invite gamers to visit the studio to playtest games that are in various stages of development. Inside a room equipped with PCs and consoles, players pick apart the games while designers and analysts observe them through a two-way mirror, embedded microphones, and a hidden camera.

Those interested in applying for positions within High Moon Studios can search through current job listings by visiting the company’s official website. Candidates must submit an electronic application through the company’s web portal. Individuals are encouraged to provide a URL link to a web-based demo reel or portfolio but are also permitted to submit physical copies that can be mailed to the company’s office.

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