Middle-Earth: Shadow of War PC requirements revealed

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It’s not often that a game readies itself for the PC market by giving potential consumers a checklist of the hardware needed to run it several months ahead of schedule. But there’s clearly some confidence attached to the sequel to Shadow of More Doors, as Middle-Earth: Shadow of War has that very list ready for anyone who wants to get their rig up to speed before it launches on August 25.

According to Steam, you’re going to need a PC that has a beefy injection of RAM within it so that it can handle all of that Tolkien-influenced action. According to the comments that you lot normally make however, you’re probably already well prepared because you guys really really love jamming expensive bits of technology into your systems. Seriously, I have no idea how you guys afford this stuff, although I guess the answer lies in a seedy Mexican motel with a bathtub full of ice.

Not that I can prove any of that of course, because dull aching scars on my side are apparently admissible evidence in court. Here’s what you’ll need to get the Shadow of War into the light on PC.

Minimum

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1 with Platform Update for Windows 7
  • Processor: Intel i5-2550K, 3.4 GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 670 | Radeon HD 7950
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 60 GB available space
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Recommended

  • OS: Windows 10 version 14393.102 or higher required
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770, 3.4 GHz
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 970 or GeForce GTX 1060 | Radeon R9 290X or Radeon RX 480
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 60 GB available space

That’s…that’s a lot of hard drive space that Shadow of War wants. I missed out on the first Middle-Earth game, and I’m somewhat too arsed to move my fingers towards the keyboard to find it on Steam. I’ll wait until August for the sequel then, which looks rather lovely in that trailer with the talking head that promises blood, war and even more nemesises than usual. Nemesi? Nemeses? Dammit F7 key, you have failed me for the last time!

Last Updated: March 1, 2017

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  • “These are not the specs you are looking for” – Gandalf

    • Original Heretic

      That’s racist.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Glasses or specifications? :/

    • VampyreSquirrel

      Sightist!

  • Skittle

    16 GB RAM seems like overkill..

    • HairyEwok

      For this game it seems about right. Back when Shadow of Mordor released the recommended amount of RAM needed was 8GB.
      Now if the graphics and AI is basically the same as the previous game i would question the 16GB tag on it.

      What I’m pissed about is that you need Win10 for recommended but it’s still DirectX 11

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    Trailer one day, PC specs the next day … dam :/

  • HairyEwok

    GTX 1060 as recommended, the 3GB or 6GB edition?…. Either way its not bad but i guess there will be that extreme setting again that will basically let you utilize that 12GB of VRAM if you have a Titan XP or 1080ti

    • Lu

      Well the 970 is 4gb and the 1060 is stronger, so I rate the 3GB 1060 should do the job.

      • HairyEwok

        3.5gb* 😛

        • Lu

          Hahahaha XD. The 970 is like a 3 series beemer with an M sticker on the boot.

  • Lu

    Check, check, checkity check check check. Just need another two ram sticks for recommended. Woot.

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