Square Enix Co., chooses Umbra Software’s rendering performance optimization middleware

For immediate release

Helsinki, Finland (March 5th), 2012 – Umbra Software Ltd. announced today an agreement that allows Square Enix Co., Ltd. to use the Umbra rendering performance middleware in its future videogame projects.

Square Enix Co., Ltd., is one of the world’s most-respected and well known developers and publisher of videogame hit-franchises such as Final Fantasy®, Deus Ex®, Hitman® and many other globally popular videogames.

Umbra’s middleware cuts down CPU and GPU processing time by optimizing critical parts of a game such as rendering, content streaming, AI and game logic. Umbra’s technology is used for framerate optimization as well speeding up the task of developing games. One of the ways Umbra does this is by automatic portal generation during pre-process, which removes the need for artists to manually place portals into the game world.

“We are honored that Square Enix Co., Ltd chose Umbra middleware for use in its future projects and it’s been a pleasure to work with Square Enix’s engineers”, said Umbra Software’s Chief Technology Officer Otso Mäkinen.

Some of the other esteemed companies that are taking advantage of Umbra’s rendering optimization software are: 38 Studios, Bungie, BioWare, CCP, Funcom, IO Interactive, Red Duck, Remedy and Specular Interactive.

Umbra’s latest rendering optimization suite, Umbra 3.1, is available for PlayStation®3, Xbox 360™, PC, handheld and iOS™ platforms for free evaluation.

For more information on Umbra, please visit www.umbra3.com

For more information, please contact:

Umbra Software

Visibility optimizer

Thomas Puha


Mobile: +358 50 3590 432

About Square Enix Co., Ltd.

Square Enix Co., Ltd. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content

around the world. The Square Enix Group operates a global network of leading development studios and boasts a valuable portfolio of

intellectual property, including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 100 million units worldwide, and DRAGON QUEST® which has sold

over 59 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 35 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®.

Square Enix is a Japan-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd

More information on Square Enix Co., Ltd. can be found at http://www.square-enix.com/jp/company/e/.

Hitman, Final Fantasy, Square Enix, and the Square Enix Logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Square Enix Group. All the

trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About Umbra Software

Umbra Software Ltd. ( www.umbra3.com) is a graphics software technology company founded 2007 in Helsinki, Finland. Umbra Software

specializes in occlusion culling, visibility and rendering optimization technology and provides middleware for videogames running on Xbox

360, PlayStation 3, , PC, iOS and other platforms.  

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