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Minimum Assassin's Creed Specs Surpass Crysis

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

Chris Faylor was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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    January 22, 2008 9:24 AM

    "May conflict with some disc and virtual drives."

    does that sound like Starforce, or are there other drive-hosing options that I'm not aware of?

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      January 22, 2008 9:37 AM

      Sounds like that or its kin.

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      January 22, 2008 9:51 AM

      That statement right there will stop every Shacker in their steps.

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        January 22, 2008 11:00 AM

        it stops me, I won't have that shit on my computer. Of course, I don't play single-player games anyways but things like this affect the entire PC gaming market. If this game tanks, Ubi can say everyone pirated the game or some other bullshit to justify not doing PC ports any more.

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      January 22, 2008 10:57 AM

      "conflict" doesn't mean "will break your hardware", it only means they're actually so honest to point out that ALL widely used copy protection systems (including SafeDisc, SecuROM, etc.) have repeatedly led to problems with certain optical drives (and even more so, virtual drives and their software) in the past, ie. all they're saying is "we're using one of the big CP solutions, don't expect zero problems"

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        January 22, 2008 4:36 PM

        yeah, sort of a CYA move after having seen the outrage from titles like Diablo 3 and Max Payne not working with specific CD-ROM drives.

        SecuROM also hates Sysinternals utilities, as I learned the hard way with Bioshock back in August.

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      January 22, 2008 1:03 PM


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        January 22, 2008 4:38 PM

        IAWTP; no sale, and I'm not holding out hope for FarCry 2. In fact, all of Ubisoft is on the blacklist anyway due to the crap they've pulled with EGM.

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      January 22, 2008 4:32 PM

      Call of Duty 4 had this same text on its box, so it's probably the same thing that it has.

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      January 23, 2008 5:59 AM

      Suck it up guys. I'm sick of people whining and moaning about basic copy protection. If they didn't have it piracy would be far worse then it already is and no one would bother to make PC games.

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        January 23, 2008 6:31 AM

        Sounds like a bunch of people above have decided not to buy the game based on the copy "protection."

        How is a lost sale due to someone who copied the game from a friend any different from a lost sale due to someone who refused to play along with malware being installed along with the game?

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      January 26, 2008 7:28 AM

      too bad the copy protection still won't prevent piracy. and will probably not allow me to play just because I have daemon tools and power ISO installed.

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