Senior Lighting Artist

ArtHybrid Remote, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire


Playground Games is looking for a Senior Lighting Artist to join our talented Forza Horizon team here in Leamington Spa.  

About us:

As a premier first-party Xbox Game Studio, we are passionate about making genre-defining games that are accessible, beautiful, and most of all, fun. We are looking to expand our diverse team as we continue driving forward our BAFTA award-winning Forza Horizon franchise.  

About the role:

As Senior Lighting Artist, you will be working with the Lighting Lead and Art Directors to realise our vision for the lighting of Forza Horizon. You will create and maintain all elements of world lighting and proactively drive collaboration with other departments. 

Passionate about your craft, skilled in lighting, colour and composition, and with a track record to prove it, you will also benefit from a level of autonomy that allows you to be trusted with planning and delivering your own tasks to our expected standards. 

This role based at our state-of-the-art facilities in Royal Leamington Spa with a hybrid work model in place. Relocation assistance is available if required.  

What you’ll do:

  • Create lighting setups for our open world environments 
  • Setup time of day lighting and atmosphere
  • Control Weather types and chances
  • Light Cinematics
  • Work with the Lighting Lead and Art Directors to establish visual targets 

What you will bring:

  • Excellent understanding of lighting theory and pipelines
  • Excellent knowledge of cutting-edge real-time lighting techniques
  • An interest in off-line 3D rendering
  • Experience baking lightmaps is desirable
  • genuine passion for games 

This is an excellent opportunity for exceptional lighting artists who are looking to further their career with an ambitious developer. 

Playground Games is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, we believe that diversity and inclusion fuels creativity.  We are dedicated to creating a safe, comfortable and welcoming working environment.   

We strive to build an inclusive culture that encourages, supports and celebrates the diverse voices of our team members.  It drives our innovation and connects us closer to our players.  We are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion across age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.  

At Playground Games we recognise the importance of self-development, career progression, well-being and retention of our colleagues. We celebrate difference and welcome everyone to join us and to be themselves at work. 

If you require any reasonable accommodation to apply for this position, please contact us on [email protected]