Former members of Playground Games and Codemasters have formed a new AAA studio known as Lighthouse Games, based in Leamington Spa.
Gavin Raeburn, who co-founded Forza Horizon developer Playground Games with Trevor Williams and Ralph Fulton, announced that the studio is now working on a new AAA IP, which remains under wraps at present. Raeburn was also heavily involved at Codemasters with the likes of DiRT, Formula One, and Grid, and brings a wealth of ‘former colleagues and other industry heavyweights’ with him.
I’m delighted that 30 former colleagues and other industry heavyweights have chosen to join me at Lighthouse. With Horizon, Playground and I created one of the most successful Xbox franchises of all time. We delivered significant commercial success year after year, to massive critical acclaim, following the success from my time at Codemasters leading Dirt, Grid and F1.
That DNA is now at Lighthouse, and with it, we intend to build something truly special using all our experience to create a new genre-defining franchise.
It’s worth noting that this is the second studio to be formed from ex-Playground Games staff, following the formation of Maverick Games back in January.