Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood System Requirements Revealed

February 16, 2011

By Andrew Burnes

Ubisoft’s announced that the multi-million selling Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood will finally be released on the PC March 17th. The French firm also announced the minimum and recommended system requirements for the threequel, revealing that the NVIDIA 8800GT is the recommend graphics card, though we reckon you’ll need a bit more GPU grunt to play with all settings enabled. What do we mean? Well ACB, as we’ll call it, features a host of graphical niceties exclusive to the PC, the most demanding of which is Ambient Occlusion. Enabling far more precise lighting, which requires extra processing power, Ambient Occlusion is accompanied by additional Soft Shadowing, improved reflections, improved character and environmental detail, and increased draw distances. And though ACB is a DirectX 9 game, turning all these options on in addition to anti-aliasing will likely tax NVIDIA’s venerable 8800GT beyond its capabilities, so we guestimate that players will likely need a 400-series NVIDIA GPU to enable everything at a high resolution.

Support for multiple monitors and the NVIDIA 3D Vision standard have also been confirmed by Ubisoft, and while we don’t know their method for rendering 3D (some are less taxing than others), it’s a sure bet that players will require a card more powerful than the 8800GT to do justice to such a visually arresting game in either configuration.

Away from talk of system specifications Ubisoft disclosed that customers pre-ordering through digital distributors will receive the Digital Deluxe version of the game for no extra charge. Included are two bonus single-player levels, two extra multiplayer characters, an extra Ezio single-player skin, an Altaïr Codex page, digital trading cards revealing multiplayer moves, a map of ACB’s Rome to print, a live-action movie focussing on Ezio’s father, a behind the scenes video, and a twenty-two track digital OST.

And finally, here are those system requirements in full – does your computer measure up?

Minimum System Requirements:

  • OS: Windows XP (32-64 bits) / Windows Vista (32-64 bits) / Windows 7 (32-64 bits)
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHZ or AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4GHZ
  • Memory: 1.5 GB Windows XP / 2 GB Windows Vista - Windows 7
  • Graphics: 256 MB DirectX 9.0–compliant card with Shader Model 3.0 or higher (NVIDIA GeForce 8/9/100/200/300/400/500 series)
  • DirectX: 9.0
  • Hard Drive: 8 GB
  • Sound: DirectX 9.0–compliant sound card
  • Peripherals: Keyboard, mouse, optional controller

Recommended System Requirements:

  • OS: Windows XP (32-64 bits) / Windows Vista (32-64 bits) / Windows 7 (32-64 bits)
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 2.6 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ or better
  • Memory: 1.5 GB Windows XP / 2 GB Windows Vista - Windows 7
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
  • DirectX: 9.0
  • Hard Drive: 8 GB
  • Sound: 5.1 sound card
  • Peripherals: Keyboard, mouse, joystick optional (Xbox 360 Controller for Windows recommended)
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