The co-founder of Playground Games, Gavin Raeburnfounded a new triple-A game studio, Lighthouse Gameswhich will be based in England a Leamington Spathe same city where Playground Games is located.
The team is currently working on a new IP, an unannounced triple-A game.
Raeburn co-founded Playground Games with Trevor Williams and Ralph Fulton in 2010. The studio would go on to develop all five games in the Forza Horizon series, the first of which was directed by Raeburn. Lui then left Playground in January 2022 with Williams taking over as studio director.
We also recall that at the beginning of the year, other ex-developers of Playground Games had also formed another new studio, Maverick Games.
Lighthouse Games has announced its opening with the launch of the website today March 27, 2023. Raeburn also shared a statement on what is expected and what the team aims to achieve:
“I am delighted that 30 former colleagues and other industry heavyweights have chosen to join me at Lighthouse. With Horizon, Playground and I have created one of the most successful Xbox franchises of all time. We have had significant commercial success year after year, garnering huge critical acclaim, following the success of my time at Codemasters driving Dirt, Grid and F1. That DNA is now in Lighthouse, and with it we intend to build something truly special by using all of our experience to create a new genre-defining franchise.”