The continued success of digital downloads and Kickstarter projects hasn't just resulted in a massive influx of pixel-art inspired platformers, it's also seen a massive resurgence in computer RPGs. Back in the heyday of cRPGs BioWare and Black Isle were killing it with the likes of Baldur's Gate, Planescape Torment and Icewind Dale.
They were the AAA PC gaming releases of their day, and now they're back and bigger than ever, and Obsidian's Pillars of Eternity looks to be the most impressive homage yet. Recapturing the sense of adventure from gaming past, Pillars of Eternity will be coming to PC on March 26th, and takes players on a sprawling quest for lost treasures in order to solve ancient mysteries, with a branching story and deep character customisation ensuring no two playthroughs of the same. Before you dust off your cloak of +6 awesomeness though, check out if your gaming rig is up to the task with the official Pillars of Eternity system requirements.
Pillars of Eternity Minimum System Requirements
- OS: Windows XP 32-bit
- CPU: Intel Pentium 4 2.66GHz or AMD Athlon II X2 220 2.8GHz
- RAM: 4GB System Memory
- GPU RAM: 512MB Video Memory
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GT 230 or AMD Radeon HD 5570 512MB
- HDD: 25GB Free Hard Drive Space
- DX: DirectX 9
As expected these requirements are extremely low, and that's because Pillars of Eternity is mimicking BioWare's ancient Infinity Engine that was used for Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale, remade in Unity. These system requirements for Pillars of Eternity are therefore extremely inclusive, and it is game that will probably run great even on run-of-the-mill laptops and work PCs. Considering how low much of the rest of the requirements are we'd say that the 4GB RAM demands seem a little on the high side, so we'd expect to be able to play Pillars of Eternity with considerably less than this.
The only other eye-catching thing about these requirements is the Pillars of Eternity install size. 25GB seems absolutely massive for an isometric RPG, and we're going to have to chalk this up to an absolutely massive world with a significant amount of voice acting, probably in numerous languages. To put that 25GB in perspective, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was only 6GB at launch.
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