While many publishers put off announcing PC specs as long as possible to hedge their bets, the recently-announced Middle-earth: Shadow of War goes straight in for the kill. Word of the sequel to 2014's Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor leaked through Target earlier this week, and an official announcement soon followed. So what sort of rig is it going to take to run Talion's second adventure at a playable level? Nothing too radical, as it turns out.
The recomended specs for the game are quite reasonable and pretty much in line with other games released in the last couple years. Both the recommended and minimum requirements do ask for DirectX 11 support and a whopping 60GB of space on your disk. Check them out:
- Windows 10
- Intel Core i7-3770 CPU
- 16 GB of RAM
- GeForce GTX 970, GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, Radeon R9 290X, or Radeon RX 480 4GB graphics card
The minimum specs required to get the game rolling, though, are significantly less demanding:
- Windows 7 SP1
- Intel i5-2550K CPU
- 8 GB of RAM
- GeForce GTX 670 or Radeon HD 7950 graphics card
As far as PC ports go, Shadow of Mordor stands out as a diamond in the rough. So many PC ports of games have been headaches over the years, but Shadow of Mordor ran quite well for how good it looked, and had good configurability and well-tuned controls. That knowledge already gives us a good feeling as we look forward to Shadow of War, but the developer's willingness to reveal the intended specs so far ahead of time suggests the team is confident in the work it's doing. WB Games has promised a gameplay reveal on March 8. The game is set to release this summer on August 22.