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Former Psygnosis, WipEout, Skate, Horizon: Call of the Mountain developers announce Starlight Games studio alongside New Games

STARLIGHT GAMES – A new Liverpool based studio bringing innovative experiences and empowering young talent in Unreal Engine 5

House of Golf 2 coming to PC, PS5, Xbox Series X|S Summer 2024. Exciting new futuristic sports game and strategy sci-fi rogue-lite action experience and UEFN titles are also in development.

STARLIGHT GAMES, a new and pioneering video game studio based in Liverpool, UK lead by Gary Nichols and well-known industry experienced developers, has been set up to develop new IP that focuses on innovative gameplay experiences that are visually stunning. The studio also seeks to discover young new talent and give them hands on experience in the videogame industry.

STARLIGHT GAMES has a senior management team of industry professionals, including the co-creator of WipEout, Nick Burcombe, Design Director and Producer, Andy Santos, who co-created Skate, directed a global #1 game in the Resident Evil franchise, and more recently, Horizon: Call of the Mountain and Production Director Ben Cronin who was a founding team member of Gamesys, the company behind Jackpotjoy, the UK’s biggest online bingo provider.

The company has a mission to create the best experiences using the power of Unreal Engine 5 with a focus on nurturing young talent from the local community with the aim to fuel the next generation of game developers and innovate in gameplay mechanics.

“Our vision is to foster a creative ecosystem where talent can flourish and dreams can be turned into reality,” said Gary Nichols, Founder of Starlight Games. “We want to provide the platform and resources for young talent to thrive and leave a lasting impact on the industry.”

With the creation of the new studio, STARLIGHT GAMES also is pleased to announce HOUSE OF GOLF 2 for PC, PS5, Xbox Series X|S releasing in Summer 2024. Two additional games are also in development – an exciting futuristic sports title, which is being directed by WipEout creator Nick Burcombe and more details will be revealed in the coming months.

The studio is also working on a strategy sci-fi rogue-lite action experience that will also be revealed soon. Also, in development are several Unreal Engine Fortnite experiences lead by the team’s young new talent the first of which is Jungle Jam and will launch at the end of April 2024.

HOUSE OF GOLF 2 is a sequel to the successful HOUSE OF GOLF released on the Nintendo Switch in 2019. The new game is developed with Unreal 5, and it takes the fun approach of mini-golf and brings it into the home with over 100 incredible courses, gorgeous visuals, weekly tournaments, and many crazy ways to play. With many of its unique and tricky challenges designed by one of the company’s young and passionate game designers who joined the studio after graduating from a local university. The game also features couch-based 4-player multiplayer and is coming in the summer.


Starlight Games is a Liverpool based games studio that has three titles in development with one release in 2024 – House of Golf 2 and further games in production. The company has a deep understanding and focus on Unreal Engine 5 and is backed up by design directors Nick Burcombe who created the WipEout franchise, Andy Santos co-creator of Skate and game director on both Resident Evil & Horizon franchises and Ben Cronin as Project Director.


Founder of Starlight Games. Gary began his career at the iconic Psygnosis and has for the last 20 years run a boutique work for hire studio. His passion for video games and bringing young people into the industry comes from his own experience of struggling to get his first games job.