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So, uh… Ubisoft’s developers are at it again. Assassin’s Creed Unity looks fine (whether it plays well is another thing altogether) and all of those smoke effects, crowd chatter, NPC boobs, fancy coats and real-time generated English accents (joking, I’m only joking!) must have some hefty computational requirements, right? Well, it seems that Ubisoft might be over-estimating Unity‘s performance on the PC platform because they’ve once again made their requirements super-high. Is this going to be another Watch Dogs scenario?

Assassin’s Creed: Unity PC Minimum Requirements

Operating System  Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 64-bit or better
Processor  Intel Core i5-2500K, AMD Phenom II X4 940 or FX-8320 or better
System Memory  6GB total
Graphics  Nvidia Geforce GTX680 or AMD Radeon HD7970 or better
DirectX Version  DirectX 11 
Free Storage  50GB available

So first off if you’ve been living under a rock for the past three years, you probably don’t know this already, but playing modern games these days requires you to have a modern OS and be running the 64-bit version of it. This has been a thing since the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and gamers have been cautioned by myself and many others over the past few years that running 4GB of RAM in a system designed for gaming just won’t cut it in the AAA titles. Uplay will still be an utter annoyance, but that’s the only way Ubisoft is offering gamers the chance to play their games on PC.

But what on earth is going on here? Minimum requirements calling for a Geforce GTX680? Recommending a cheap-ass Phenom X4 940 next to a Core i5-2500K? I have a very strong suspicion that it was no developer who drew up this list; it was somebody from the PR department who had no idea what a SSD was (and I’m not going to be the one to tell them).

About the only requirements here that seem sensible is the RAM requirement and the free storage, because games are using more and more drive space these days for higher-quality assets. And that isn’t even taking into consideration the recommended PC requirements…

Assassin’s Creed: Unity Recommended PC Requirements

Operating System  Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 64-bit or better
Processor  Intel Core i7-3770, AMD FX-8350 or better
System Memory  8GB total
Graphics  Nvidia Geforce GTX780 or AMD Radeon R9 290X or better
DirectX Version  DirectX 11 
Free Storage  55GB available

I don’t understand, who vets these things? This is a console port, lets be honest. It sometimes feels like Ubisoft tries to make itself a PC-centric developer by always professing to listen to their customers who are on the PC platform, but then they continue to shove Uplay into every game they release and they don’t pay much heed to how they communicate with PC gamers for their latest titles.

If anyone from Ubisoft reads this, please contact me, I’ll set your requirements straight because whatever this is can only mean one thing: that Unity will be poorly optimised on the PC, just like Watch Dogs. That’s obviously not a good thing by any stretch of the imagination.

Is anyone looking forward to buying Assassin’s Creed Unity on their PC? Is anyone even approaching the hardware requirements for Ubisoft’s minimum recommendations? Let us know in the comments below.

OH, just by the way… Unity is capped to 30fps on the PC. So, uh…

Source: Ubiblog