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The Demands of a Thief

By MrJenssen18-01-2014

Thief, the long-awaited and possibly not so faithful reboot to the Thief franchise, is drawing close to its release. With little more than a month left, a surprisingly low amount of actual gameplay has been shown. Apart from the gameplay footage from last year's E3, most of the stuff we've seen consists of screenshots and CGI videos.

But hey, if that doesn't worry you at all, if you still don't think this is a sign of the game likely getting delayed, or released on time but with a less than stellar level of quality, then we have good news! The system requirements are in, and they seem fairly reasonable. This is likely due to the help Eidos have gotten from the programmers at Nixxes, who also helped optimize the PC versions of various other Square Enix games over the past few years.

"Even with the advent of next-gen consoles, for many old-school fans, Thief will always be most at home on the PC. To ensure the best possible experience on the platform, we've teamed up once again with the pros at Nixxes, who previously worked on the PC version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution and last year's Tomb Raider. "

The minimum and recommended requirements are as follows:

Minimum System Requirements

OS: Windows Vista with platform update
CPU: High-performance dual core CPU or quad core CPU
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon 4800 series / Nvidia GTS 250
DirectX: DirectX 10

Recommended Specs

OS: Windows 7 or 8
CPU: AMD FX 8000 series or better / Intel i7 Quad Core CPU
RAM: 4+ GB
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD / R9 series or better / Nvidia GTX 660 series or better
DirectX: DirectX 11

Let's hope those 20 gigabytes aren't mostly dedicated to in-game CGI videos, but to level-design, AI and gameplay mechanics. Oh, and pretty textures, of course.

Comments (8)
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Posts: 341

And its gonna be nothing like Thief.
Bet money its actionfied and filled with idiotic decisions like Shitman Absolute.

Posts: 1317

Oh I thought the R9 series went lower than that.

Posts: 267

@MrJenssen, the weakest card among R9's is R9 270, which slightly more powerful than GTX 660. It is similar to HD 7870 GHz in performance, so Eidos should have mentioned that. As for the breadth of Radeon HD - the name goes back to 2006 and thus includes some very weak cards.

Posts: 1548

I'm happy that we are seeing minimum requirements with 4 GB of ram. Gives me hope for good textures.

Posts: 1317

Hehe, yeah. I think R9 is still somewhat more specific. Still, I do believe there are R9-cards that are less powerful than the 660. So that doesn't quite make sense.

Posts: 3290

Radeon HD is a very broad definition indeed

Posts: 267

Somebody at Eidos should put a bit more effort into clarity. The recommended AMD graphics cards are completely unclear to most people.

Posts: 124

Seems fairly reasonable. Just hope it's optimized well.