I’m a level designer and writer from Ireland living in Montreal, Canada. I work in Unreal Engine and Trenchbroom, specialising in retro shooter levels. I have also written for indie games, as well as my own interactive fiction, short stories and journalism.

Games I’ve worked on

Slave Zero X
Level Designer
Paradise Marsh
Additional Writing
Essays On Empathy
Editor (De Tres Al Cuarto)
Crisis Core – Final Fantasy 7 Reunion
LQA Tester

In my journalism career I worked for Rock Paper Shotgun as Features Editor, and was a sub-editor at the Guardian. I have freelanced for IGN, PC Gamer, Gamasutra, Eurogamer, The Escapist, and Edge. I have written scripts and reviews for board game website Shut Up & Sit Down and was the host of Hey Lesson, a podcast where I asked experts questions inspired by video games.

For my writing I was shortlisted for the Desperate Literature Prize in 2020 for the short story Omar’s Ashes and I’ve been published by Liberties Press in the short story collection Brevity is the Soul.

I studied at the University of Sheffield, where I got a BA in Journalism and a MA in English Literature and Creative Writing.

LinkedIn: Brendan Caldwell

YouTube: MrBrendyC

Level Design Projects