Cold Steel PC Port Developer Peter ‘Durante’ Thoman Opens Own Studio PH3

Durante, the developer behind the PC ports of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel and Trails of Cold Steel II, has announced that he has co-founded a new company called PH3 that will focus on PC ports and other “things”.

On the developer’s official website, PH3 posts the following statement, “PH3 games specialize in the engineering aspects of game development. We provide renowned high-quality ports, as well as consulting related to performance aspects: optimization, parallelization, refactoring and tuning.”

The studio also mentions their previous projects which include:

  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel – moved to a new renderer and implementing a number of additional features for the PC version: trSSAA, unlocked FPS, HBAO+ ambient occlusion, higher quality shadows, LoD settings, a smart turbo mode, and ultrawide aspect ratio support.
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II – Provided with the opportunity to take on the complete PC porting project for its sequel from the start. Over the course of this project, we implemented all the PC-specific features of the ToCS1 port, added additional voiced lines by partially reverse-engineering the existing asset conversion pipeline, and also implemented full platform support for both Steam and GoG Galaxy features.
  • Rez Infinite – Contacted by Enhance Games to provide additional technical QA and feedback for the PC and VR versions, on a small scale and rapid timeframe.

We will be sure to keep up with the Durante and PH3’s work in the future.

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