Turtle Rock Studios made a big name for itself with the original Left 4 Dead, immediately getting snapped up by Valve following its launch before going independent a year later. Now they're back and promising to be bigger than ever with another bite at the cooperative shooter apple with Evolve, a 4 v 1 asymmetric multiplayer title about teams of hunters fighting against a gigantic roaming player-controller monster.
It's a unique concept that could prove to be one of the breakout hits of 2015 if Evolve's multiplayer proves a long-lasting experience. In the run up to launch Turtle Rock has had a number of alpha tests, but this time it's back with the Big Alpha kicking off on October 31st that should give us a good look at how Evolve is shaping up. Bear in mine these are not the final system requirements for Evolve but with just a few short months until launch these should give us a good idea of what you'll need to run Evolve on PC.
Evolve Alpha Minimum System Requirements
- OS: Windows 7 64-bit
- CPU: Intel Pentium D 930 3.0 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 6400+ 3.2 GHz
- RAM: 4GB System Memory
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 or AMD Radeon HD 5770
- HDD: 15GB Free Hard Drive Space
- DX: DirectX 11
Evolve Recommended System Requirements
- OS: Windows 7 64-bit
- CPU: Intel Core i7-920 2.67 GHz or AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8 GHz
- RAM: 6 GB System Memory
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 or AMD Radeon R9 280
As you can see there is quite a large disparity between the minimum and the recommended Evolve requirements, particularly when it comes to the processor demands. The minimum CPU requirements for Evolve are extremely low, although the disparity between the Pentium D 930 and the Athlon 64 X2 6400+ suggests you're going to want a processor nearer AMD's than Intel's. Evolve is a cross-generational game so luckily there's none of the ridiculous requirements we've been seeing of late. In particular the hard drive install, for alpha at least, is just 15GB, and Turtle Rock hasn't laid out any excessive VRAM requirements. GPU requirements are a little more demanding, and you'll need a mid-tier card such as the GT 560 or the HD 5770 to get Evolve up and running but there's nothing particularly eye-catching here.
Moving on to the recommended requirements and these are fairly high across the board, which should be good news if anything. Those who've got a decent gaming rig will be able to crank the settings right up in Evolve and get it matching, or looking better than, the PS4 and Xbox One versions, while everyone else can scale things down a little. Turtle Rock themselves admit you're best off maxing everything out before dialling things down bit by bit to get optimum performance / visuals. No word on VRAM requirements here just yet, so it looks like Evolve won't be using anything too absurd, so we'd think 2-3GB GDDR5 would suffice to max it out.
Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the Evolve System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Evolve benchmark chart. What do you think of these system requirements for Evolve then? Pleased they're a bit lower than all of the other system requirements we've seen of late?