Minimum Assassin's Creed Specs Surpass Crysis

By Chris Faylor, Jan 22, 2008 9:21am PST The upcoming PC version of Ubisoft Montreal's premeditated murder simulator Asssassin's Creed (PC, PS3, X360) will require, at a bare minimum, 2 GB of RAM, though 3 GB is recommended.

The outrageous system minimum system requirements, which are listed below, not only surpass those of Crytek's recently released Crysis (PC), but even exceed its recommended specifications at points. Said to be a future proof hallmark of technical prowess, Crysis only mandates 1 GB of RAM, though 2 GB is recommended.

Released last fall on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Assassin's Creed has already sold over 2.5 million units and a Nintendo DS prequel is due out in February. No specific date has been announced for the PC version.

Word of the ridiculously high system requirements comes directly from publisher Ubisoft via its customer service database. The company also notes the game does not officially support laptop chipsets, though they may work, and that it will ship with anti-piracy measures that "may conflict with some disc and virtual drives."

The list of minimum system requirements is as follows:

  • Processor: Dual core processor 2.6 GHz Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ or better recommended)
  • RAM: 2 GB (3 GB recommended)
  • Video Card: 256 MB DirectX 10.0–compliant video card or DirectX 9.0–compliant card with Shader Model 3.0 or higher (512 MB video card recommended) (see supported list)*
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 or 10.0 compliant sound card (5.1 sound card recommended)
  • DirectX Version: DirectX 10.0 libraries (included on disc)
  • DVD-ROM: DVD-ROM dual-layer drive
  • Hard Drive Space: 12 GB
  • Peripherals Supported: Keyboard, mouse, optional controller (Xbox 360 Controller for Windows recommended)
Supported Video Cards at Time of Release:
ATI RADEON X1300-1950 / HD 2000 / 3000 series
NVIDIA GeForce 6600-6800 / 7 / 8 / 9 series

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  • Whole lot of whining going on about system requirements. I don't know (or even care, really) how much X360's and PS3's are selling for but my current system cost a whopping $500. I am adding a 8800gt next week which will bump the cost to $800 but wtf I spent almost as much JUST ON VIDEO CARDS (Matrox Mystique + dual Voodoo 2) to play Quake at 1024x768 back in the "good old days". What will I have for my 800 bucks? (500+300 for 8800gt)

    Athlon64X2-5200+ (2.7ghz but runs fine at 3.0 stock voltage/stock heatsink so it's kinda like a 6000+)
    16x dual layer DVD burner
    Generic (but functional) case
    320gb Seagate SATA HD
    2gbs DDR2-800
    512mb 8800gt
    Gigabyte GA-M61P S3

    Sure, I'm using my antique 21" Trinitron CRT and antique mouse and keyboard and will probably have to buy a new psu to accomodate the 8800gt but if you have a computer then you probably also have existing stuff you can use. I could have used my old 200gb IDE drive and saved about $100 but I went crazy and moved up to SATA ftw. BTW I bought everything locally in those old fashioned "brick and mortar" stores, so this could be done even cheaper online I'm sure. Surely $800 isn't THAT much more than a new console with a few accessories like, i don't know, uh...extra controller, wireless adapter, HDTV....

    Anyhoooooo........ I'm looking forward to trying this game out.

  • I look at these minimum/recommended specs a little differently. Many games that came out in the last 6 months needed a system like described to run right, including Crysis. But their minimum specs were lower as has become tradition.

    I mean, most everyone has been complaining for years that minimum requirements are usually overly optimistic. This is just Ubisoft Montreal’s being more realistic than usual. They’re being straight about the specs that will give you a good experience with the game. This point of view breaks down if Assassin's Creed PC runs poorly even at these minimum specs, but I doubt that'll be the case.