At a young age, he discovered a passion for electronics and creating video games, and discovered coding in 1981. From there, he started a career as a program designer in 1986, and commercialised his first game, Robix. Two years later he created Popcorn, then joined the ranks of Infogrames. He created Alone in the Dark in 1992. Raynal became vice-president at Adeline Software International in 1993, and has been president of Ludoïd since 2005. In 2013, he was promoted to Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters. In 2014, he created a new development studio, GloomyWood, and started working on 2dark, a retro Survival Adventure Game.