A small studio based in Finland called Umbra, which employees just nine people, is the studio responsible for helping Infinity Ward make assets that run on next-gen for Call of Duty: Ghosts. They provide the tools and software necessary to full optimize their game for the new consoles.

Umbra’s toolset helped Infinity Ward get the best visuals possible from the Xbox One, PS4 and PC versions of Call Of Duty: Ghosts, and it has been part of the engineering effort on Bungie’s Destiny for three years now. Deus Ex Universe, Killzone: Shadow Fall, The Witcher 3 and Quantum Break will also play host to Umbra’s optimisation tech. The company works with developers to help next-gen games look, well, next-gen – in short, its Umbra 3 software enables studios to play with much bigger object counts and enable far greater geometric and shader complexity.

“I remember our engineers being happy that there were no convoluted SPU’s [Synergistic Processing Units, part of PS3’s CELL processor],” he recalls. “Of course back then the complaint was that the new consoles were pretty much like a PC, so not that exciting! But they were very powerful. I think the ease of use of both machines has been really great and definitely Sony’s tools and support has been really great with the PS4. That’s not to say Microsoft’s haven’t been good, but obviously, Sony had more to prove, as they’ve said themselves.”

Umbra is also working with Activision to make Destiny, and they are working on other non-Activision games, including Killzone, The Witness 3, and Quantum Break.

SOURCE: Edge Online

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  • Sawmane2

    Well if they optimized the PC version, then we are all screwed for these upcoming games. I love COD Ghosts but it runs like crap on my high performance computer.

    • Tony Rambo

      Dude! I have the exact same problem 2k euros PC and gets lags and freezes D:

      • Garry stark

        I had the same problem too the best and only way i could find without putting everything down was to turn FXAA off in the settings. after that it worked perfectly

        • Sawmane2

          Yeah it kind of worked for me too, but i shouldn’t have to dumb down the quality to get decent frames when my computer can obviously handle it.

        • Tony Rambo

          Where is the FXAA in the settings?? I can’t find it

  • I guess thats why its so shitty optimized for pc…

    • KevinWoof

      Hei koira tapellaaks? Vitun jenkit ette saa aikaa mitään, hyvä et saatiin kunnon suomalaisia korjaamaan tätä peliä jonka Infinity Ward kusi!

  • “Sony’s tools and support has been really great with the PS4. That’s not to say Microsoft’s haven’t been good, but obviously, Sony had more to prove”

    PS4 <3

  • TheCheeseWeel

    if they did the PC optimization, they are never gonna be bigger than a small Finnish studio. i usually support small company’s, but not when their products are shit and wasting my hard earned money

    • Jack

      You mean your moms money?

      • TheCheeseWeel

        no, i dont. i earn my own money working on my fathers construction site.

      • lManu

        that was the most useless comment ever …

  • Ei siinä.

    Torilla tavataan.

    • Somelaine

      Sielähän me tavataan sitte

  • Abhishek Jain

    umbra provided tools so that infinity ward can optimize pc version..but clearly IW had no idea how to optimize the game on PC version

  • Koskenkorva

    Suomi perkele!