After months of waiting and numerous rumors, the PC version of NieR: Automata has finally received an official release date. PC users now have the chance to explore the game created by Yoko Taro, a developer who finds the celebrations of violence from video games insane.
Yoko Taro already has twenty years of experience in the video game industry. He worked, among others, on the trilogy Drakengard and its spin-off, NieR. The franchises might have had several gameplay errors here and there, but this did not stop the fans from developing cults around them.
This inspired Square Enix to create a sequel to the 2010 game NieR. After months of silence, they came with the confirmation that development of a PC version of the sequel was still in progress and it had not been canceled. However, what was the actual surprise for the players were the system requirements.
The quality of video games and hardware go hand in hand. Computers need advanced hardware to run the most complex games, while the gaming developers need powerful machines on which they can display their creations.
Many PC gamers keep upgrading their hardware to keep up with the new releases in the industry, but there are some developers who know that some of them cannot afford to be constantly up-to-date to the latest technology.
Thus, NieR: Automata can run on older computers, as the system requirements are the following: Windows 7 x64, AMD A8-6500 or Intel Core i3 2100, 4 GB RAM, DirectX 11, AMD Radeon R9 270X or Nvidia GeForce GTX 770, and a minimum of 50 GB of free space on disk.
GTX 770 might be a high-end graphics processor, but Intel Core i3 2100 is quite an old and affordable CPU. Also, the game requires only 4 GB of RAM. Thus, it is not so demanding. However, the engine optimization plays quite an important part in the entire game performance.
Let’s hope that NieR: Automata is optimized well enough and that players with low-budget PCs will be able to enjoy the gameplay at its peak. Thus, we might start speculating that Square Enix will soon develop a NieR port.
If NieR: Automata achieves great popularity, it is understandable that we might expect another port in the series. The game is set to be released for PC on March 17th, while the console versions will come sooner, on March 7th.
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