Remedy uses Umbra for Alan Wake: American Nightmare

December 15, 2011


“Remedy continues using Umbra as it’s rendering optimization middleware”

Prepare for Alan Wake’s new nightmare

Helsinki, Finland, December 15th, 2011 – Umbra Software, the premiere provider of state of the art rendering and performance optimization middleware, is proud to announce that Remedy’s highly-anticipated upcoming Xbox Live Arcade title Alan Wake’s American Nightmare is using Umbra’s technology as it’s visibility solution.

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare is a brand new standalone experience where Alan Wake fights the herald of darkness, the evil Mr. Scratch, with a thrilling new storyline combined with a fun and challenging new game mode. It’s a game that aims to break the barriers between traditional retail games and Xbox Live Arcade – using high end technology and production methods developed further from the original Alan Wake.

Umbra3 is a rendering optimization middleware that cuts down CPU and GPU processing time by optimizing critical parts of a game such as rendering, content streaming, AI and game logic.

Remedy is already familiar with Umbra’s technology as it was used to great effect in Alan Wake, released for Xbox 360 in 2010, where it effectively optimized the rendering of large outdoor landscapes of Pacific Northwest as portrayed in the game.

For Remedy, it was a natural choice to keep working with Umbra Software and their visibility optimization technology. The technology is easy to work with, the Umbra team provides great support if needed, and the benefits for performance are huge. We hope to keep on using Umbra and its latest versions for a long time to come” stated Markus Mäki, CTO of Remedy Entertainment Ltd.

Umbra 3.1 is available for PlayStation 3™, Xbox 360™, PC, PlayStation Vita ™ and iOS platforms for evaluations as well as other platforms on request.

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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.

About Remedy Entertainment Ltd.

Remedy Entertainment Ltd. ( is a privately held developer of cinematic action games and franchises. Remedy is based in Espoo, Finland. Remedy is the developer of critically acclaimed and top-selling action franchises. “Alan Wake” and “Remedy” are registered trademarks of Remedy Entertainment Ltd.