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Former Playground Games Founder And Codemasters Exec Reveals New AAA Studio, Lighthouse Games

by Rainier on March 27, 2023 @ 9:14 a.m. PDT

Gavin Raeburn, former Studio Head and Founder of Forza Horizon developer Playground Games, has revealed his new triple-A studio, Lighthouse Games.

Raeburn heads a team of world-class developers, who are currently at work on an unannounced new IP.

Lighthouse Games is defined by the pedigree of its talent and its serious ambition. Gavin is assembling a veteran team, including key founding members of Playground Games’ original team and other industry-leading talent, to build a new best-in-class game. 

Lighthouse’s ambition is to create a studio that embodies what it means to be at the bleeding edge of video game development – a studio that enables developers to create the best work of their career, in an environment that feels truly collaborative.

“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.” said Lighthouse Games founder Gavin Raeburn.

Lighthouse Games is recruiting game industry talent at every level, across all disciplines, offering them a seat at the forefront of triple-A innovation. 

Lighthouse Games was founded in 2022 by veteran developer Gavin Raeburn. Gavin Raeburn led Codemasters’ Racing Studio to success with the Dirt, Grid and F1 franchises and went on to found Playground Games, which built the critically acclaimed Forza Horizon, one of the highest-grossing franchises on Xbox. He and the senior team at Lighthouse have proven track records of building studios which ship critically acclaimed and commercially successful titles on console and PC.

Lighthouse will be based in the global game development hub, Leamington Spa.

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