Up For Debate - How do you feel about the Assassins Creed Valhalla and WD Legion system specs?

Written by Chad Norton on Sat, Oct 17, 2020 7:24 PM
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Ubisoft currently has 2 massive games from some of their biggest franchises coming out just 2 weeks apart from each other, both Watch Dogs: Legion and Assassins Creed Valhalla. So naturally up to their launch we saw the official system requirements release, and oh boy were they something to behold.

Thankfully, Ubisoft has graced us with an extremely extensive range of system specs for both Watch Dogs Legion and Assassins Creed: Valhalla, not only giving us the minimum and recommended specs but also even further for different resolutions, performance expectations, ray tracing requirements etc.

However, the one big takeaway we saw was that the system requirements for them seems to have jumped up, obviously in the wake of next-gen consoles pushing towards better visuals that in turn requires better hardware, but is this justified or are these just new games listing the latest PC components in order to feel modern and relevant?

For instance, let’s take a look at the recommended PC system requirements for Assassins Creed Valhalla compared to the previous AC game Assassins Creed: Odyssey...

Requirement Assassins Creed Odyssey recommended requirements Assassins Creed Valhalla recommended requirements
OS Windows 7, 8, 10 64-bit Windows 10 64-bit
CPU

Intel Core i7-3770

or 

AMD Ryzen 5 1400

Intel Core i7-4790

or 

AMD Ryzen 5 1600

RAM 8GB 8GB
GPU RAM 4GB 6GB
GPU

Nvidia GeForce GTX 970

or 

AMD Radeon R9 290X

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

or 

AMD Radeon RX 570

Storage 46GB 50GB

Looking at the PC system requirements above for AC Odyssey compared to AC Valhalla, we can see that the recommended specs jumped from a GTX 970 to a GTX 1060. This isn’t a huge deal, and the GTX 1060 is a mild improvement over the GTX 970, but is this just a way to make these new games feel more relevant like we mentioned above?

Because this is very much a marketing and promotional challenge for modern AAA titles. They want to be available to the masses with lower system requirements, but if they don't mention super high specs as well then the audience may consider that their tech or game engine feels out of date.

This becomes all the more clear when you look at the Watch Dogs Legion PC system requirements, which recently got updated to include the newly announced RTX 30 series graphics cards (as well as the GTX 1660). This meant where the RTX 2080 Ti was the original recommended GPU it now required an RTX 3080 instead. There was also the mention of an RTX 3070 for the 1440p ray tracing requirements.

Watch Dogs Legion original vs updated PC system requirements comparison:

And considering the RTX 3080 is slightly better than an RTX 2080 Ti, this only further backs up the argument that they have upgraded the specs just to seem more relevant and up to date, using the most modern PC hardware in the official specs.

And just if you're curious, here are the Watch Dogs Legion and Watch Dogs 2 recommended PC system requirements - as both games use the same game engine - to see how they compare:

Requirement Watch Dogs 2 recommended requirements Watch Dogs Legion recommended requirements
OS Windows 7, 8, 10 64-bit Windows 10 64-bit
CPU

Intel Core i5-3470

or

AMD FX-8120

Intel Core i7-4790

or

AMD Ryzen 5 1600

RAM 8GB 16GB
GPU RAM 3GB 6GB
GPU

Nvidia GeForce GTX 780

or

AMD Radeon R9 290

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

or

AMD Radeon RX 480

Storage 50GB 45GB

One thing that it certainly doesn’t help with is the perception of our systems looking more out of date quicker than we thought, with the requirements feeling a little bit higher now for anyone who owned a reasonable to high-end system 2 years ago.

But what do you guys think? Do you feel like your rigs are getting out of date now already? Is there a noticeable upgrade in graphics to justify the bump in requirements? Or is this just another way for games graphics and requirements to seem more relevant? And do you think these PC system requirements for WD Legion and AC: Valhalla are accurate? Let’s debate!

Do you feel like your PC is already out of date?

How accurate do you think the WD Legion system specs are?

How accurate do you think the AC Valhalla system specs are?

Are the increase in requirements justified?

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18:23 Oct-18-2020

Won't be playing either of these games for a while anyway, so I'm not bothered what specs they want me to have :D

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04:35 Oct-21-2020

If you play origins then you've played all, just different story mostly. Gameplay is pretty much identical. I loved origins at the start but after 60 hrs I was just glad it was over. Never touched Odyssey, Watch Dogs 2 was pretty good tho..

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10:42 Oct-21-2020

Truth be told - I've not played Origins either. Ubi's games are a copy-paste... Played Far Cry 3 - loved it... Far Cry 4 - clone...5? Clone... Story's a bit different, but it's still taking over towers and camps, looting the little icons...

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04:42 Oct-22-2020

Yeah same case with Farcry, FC3 was the only revamped game(after fc2) and I loved it, 4, 5, ND are just copy pastes with slight changes and I think 5 has even worse AI (I liked 4 cause of it's Himalayan setting tho)..

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16:43 Oct-18-2020

Looking forward for AC: Valhalla, Finished the previous 2 games on 100% achievements and need this one to satisfy myself. Not sure If I will be able to run it properly tho.

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17:00 Oct-18-2020

You'll run it great

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10:56 Oct-18-2020

It's a good thing that pc hardware development is going nicely, but I have this feeling that the publisher are abusing this to worsen the optimization of almost every games


Some games have graphics comparable to games from 3-4 years ago, but the required specs is twice the performance...

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12:11 Oct-20-2020

You make a very good argument.

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12:13 Oct-20-2020

Are you planning on buying AC Valhalla?


With my specs I am playing to run it on tweaked ultra and medium settings 30FPS. MY laptop fits the recommended system requirements of 30FPS at High settings perfectly.

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14:05 Oct-20-2020

I'm tempted but that will have to depend on 2 factors



  1. is the optimization good, I will wait for benchmark and reviews

  2. does my wallet allows it


Ubisoft does have a very bad reputation when it comes to optimizations

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09:51 Oct-18-2020

How do i feel about assassins creed valhalla/Watch Dogs Legion system specs? I really dont care i´ll be playing cyberpunk 2077 and enjoying the hell out of it. :D

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09:35 Oct-18-2020

WD Legion specs are surprisingly reasonable but AC Valhalla's are quite demanding which should be no surprise as Origins and Odyssey ran at 45 fps on my GTX 1060.


Also these requirements are misleading as in a previous article on GD, AC Valhalla needed a GTX 1060 to run at 30 fps on 1080p High settings. These requirements don't clarify on the targeted frame rate.

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06:58 Oct-18-2020

because of my potato pc I can't run any AAA games which were released after 2012
so I don't care

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01:53 Oct-18-2020

Cant wait to play all of these new upcoming games :D
Black Ops Cold War runs awesome on ultra 80 fps :D
Who dont believe go to my yt channel..name same as here ":D

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00:07 Oct-18-2020

Can I play any of these games on my current PC or not ? I tried WATCH DOGS 2 on my current specs and I played it on high settings on my current resolution 1600*900.So,any chance I can play any one of those games.?

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18:28 Oct-18-2020

At your res - maybe medium, but probably low, if I had to guess. The specs say 4GB VRAM for 1080p low, but your resolution is a bit smaller. Could need dropping down to 720p if you run out of VRAM. The only way to know is to wait and try :)

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22:12 Oct-17-2020

i guess i will be able to run both games. Im happy

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22:09 Oct-17-2020

My PC is outdated, but it's ok. I have lots of older games to play, I just want Cyberpunk to run at stable 30FPs with settings above PS2 quality.

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05:15 Oct-18-2020

Haha same lol Cyberpunk is the only game in excited about. I think we can manage 35ish fps at med-high settings 1080p

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21:12 Oct-17-2020

I have massive catalog of games that im going to play first like complete risen 1, risen 2 and 3, rdr2, detroid become human, heavy rain, outer world, life is strange2 and bunch of others and before i get to legions and valhala they will be fully patched with dlcs and probably at cheaper price :)

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20:04 Oct-17-2020

I might play Valhalla in a few years, when it's on sale for like 12€. But currently, I don't care, especially about Legion. The only game that I do actually care about this year, is Cyberpunk.

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20:55 Oct-17-2020

Pretty much the same for me. Considering Valhalla is supposed to be even larger than Odyssey I can't really get that enthused about it even though I like Viking mythology. And I've still got Watch Dogs 2 in my backlog so I'm not bothered about Legion.

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21:58 Oct-17-2020

Actually, Valhalla is going to be smaller, because of a lot of people complained that Odyssey was too bloated.

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20:01 Oct-17-2020

I don't really care as UbiSoft is on my blacklist. Personally, I'll bet the games will run better on PS5/Xbox Series X than on PC. Consoles don't have the intrusive UPlay mucking things up.

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20:50 Oct-17-2020

Odyssey could be played in offline mode so Uplay wasn't that intrusive in that game. Console versions will almost always be optimised to run better as they only have one set of system specs as opposed to the vast number of possible PC setups.

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19:52 Oct-17-2020

if true, they are two very light games. But I doubt ubisoft have improved their engine this much, fingers crossed though.

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