Creator of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II’s PC Port Forms PH3 Games
Peter "Durante" Thoman, known for fixing Dark Souls' PC port and bringing The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II to PC himself, has founded PH3 Games.
Lackluster PC ports are, unfortunately, fairly common within the gaming industry. Bringing games to PC can sometimes be an afterthought, which leads to ports with poor resolutions and capped frame rates. In the worst cases, some of these ports can be almost completely broken at launch. When that happens, the task to fix these PC ports often falls in the hands of fans. Now, one former modder known for fixing bad PC ports has formed PH3 Games, a new developer solely focused on consulting and porting games to PC.
Peter “Durante” Thoman, has a positive track record in fixing bad ports. Most famously, Durante fixed a lot of the issues with the PC port of Dark Souls in a very short amount of time, kicking off his efforts to fix PC ports. This soon evolved into actually consulting developers and working on the PC ports of games like The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II. This has all come to a head now with the formation of PH3 Games.
PH3 Games is technically part of a larger company called PH3 GmbH where Durante will serve as Chief Technology Officer. Peter has technically working on the formation of PH3 since September 2018, but according to the recent post on Metacouncil forums where he unveiled PH3 Games, he “very recently got the final bureaucratic ids required to consider it fully complete” as a business in Austria.
So far, PH3 Games’ site takes credit for working on the full PC port of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II, consulting and helping port the first Trails of Cold Steel, and working as a PC and VR consultant for Rez Infinite. He did confirm in the Metacouncil forums that PH3 Games is already “working on stuff,” but that the official announcements of ports “always depends on the publisher.”
You also shouldn’t expect PH3 to expand out to make their own original games soon, as the fledgling developer has “great expertise and size to deliver high-quality ports, not so much to create entire games.” While PH3 games probably won’t be able to end the game industry’s track record of bad PC ports, hopefully it’ll do its part to make sure higher quality ports hit Steam and the Epic Games Store.