Black Desert MMO powers up its graphics with Umbra 3

January 26, 2015

Anticipated MMO developed by Pearl Abyss licenses the Umbra 3 Visibility Solution

Helsinki, Finland – January 26th, 2015 – Umbra Software today announced that the greatly anticipated Black Desert MMO developed by Pearl Abyss is improving its real-time graphical performance with the help of the Umbra 3 Visibility Solution.

Black Desert uses a game engine specifically developed for the project by Pearl Abyss. The engine enables highly detailed graphics in a massive open game world. The variety of gameplay as well as the beautiful visuals of Black Desert have already made it one of the most anticipated MMO releases amongst gamers worldwide.

Umbra’s Visibility Solution is used to enhance the rendering performance of the engine and make sure Black Desert is running at a high frame-rate even on lower spec computers. Umbra ensures that the game engine only renders graphics that are required in each frame, freeing valuable processing power. The required visibility data is automatically generated by Umbra, enabling artists to create beautiful landscapes for players to explore, without the artists having to worry about manual visibility optimization.

The Umbra 3 technology was very helpful in enhancing our cutting-edge graphics quality as well as accelerating our production time with its automated occlusion culling system” said Ms. Chang Ae Choi, the lead programmer of Black Desert.

We have been very impressed with the engine technology developed by Pearl Abyss and are glad to be able to have our visibility solution help the development team realize their vision of Black Desert” says Otso Mäkinen, Chief Technology Officer of Umbra Software.

The Umbra 3 Visibility Solution improves development workflow by enabling both rapid content iteration as well as the creation of more detailed graphics content. The software automatically generates occlusion data from “polygon soup”, enabling artists to use their valuable time on creating graphically impressive game worlds.

The Umbra 3 Visibility Solution is available for Xbox One, PlayStation® 4, PlayStation®3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Windows and iOS platforms.

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About Umbra Software

Umbra Software Ltd. is a graphics software technology company founded in 2007 and based in Helsinki, Finland. Umbra Software specializes in occlusion culling, visibility and rendering optimization technology and provides middleware for all major console hardware platforms, mobile devices and the PC.