Dark Souls PC Modder Durante Opens New PC Port Studio

Fixing up ports for pay.

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The maker of a popular Dark Souls mod has opened his own studio. Peter "Durante" Thoman, who created the "DSfix" mod for the PC version of Dark Souls, has founded his own company with two colleagues, specializing in PC ports and providing consulting services.

PC Games N reports that his company is named PH3, after all three founding members holding PhD degrees. The company just finished all the paperwork in its home company of Austria, leaving him free to make the announcement. He plans to tap his expertise and experience as a computer scientist for the new work.

Thoman said he doesn't plan to license games, which he calls "a whole other can of worms" with its own kind of technical expertise. Instead, he says fans will still have to request ports they may like to see from publishers directly. "But if you gain traction, you can certainly suggest they consider our services," he said.

Dark Souls was a notoriously buggy PC port, to the point that even director Yui Tanimura called it "half-assed." DSfix was widely adopted by the community as a must-have add-on to make it run properly. Later Souls ports were less slipshod, as he promised. Similarly, Demon's Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki recently said he was open to another studio handling a remaster of the original genre-defining classic, but expressed disinterest in handling it himself.

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naryanrobinson

Awesome man, congratulations. Couldn't be happier for you, living the dream as they say.

Wish you all the success in the world.

P.S. Thanks for fixing my Dark Souls ;)

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SebB

“If you want something done right, do it yourself”. As they say lol.

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darkhunterix

Port Crisis Core: Final Fantasy to PC and then Consoles. The original Developer of it, Tabata, left square so all it takes now is talking square into into it. You can make this happen Durante!

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nefphlegm

Good on him. If it wasn't for his port I would not have had the patience to continue Dark Souls with the terrible fps quality the game originally ported with.

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Vakiva

Climb to the top Durante!

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Richardthe3rd

I can say in the music industry remastering others work is a very sought after skill set.

Having talent like his in videogames presents a marketable skill in a genre where games age and platforms arent always congruent. So I think he may have a good niche to work within there.

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NSA_Protocol44

It's Durante a very well known person in the PC community.

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Thanatos2k

He has talent, that's for sure.

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Renunciation

After encountering Durante's work on several occasions, I have developed very high levels of respect for the man.

Best wishes to him and his studio.

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Mraou

Hopefully Sega hires them for the Persona 5 PC port.

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m4a5

That sure is an undertaking. I've done ports, and working with other programmer's code can sometimes be rage-inducing...