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Erected: Civilization VI System Requirements Finalised

The Iain Banks novel Complicity dedicates a fair few words to the system requirements of Despot, a fictional game which is basically Civilization (Banks had a bit of a Civ problem). If even Iain Banks didn’t shy away from such responsibility, I hardly can.

With Civilization VI [official site] now less than a month away from launch, the system requirements are now finalised. As you’d expect, they’re not too strict, running on most PCs from the past four years or so.

Here are the specs from publishers 2K:

Minimum
OS: Windows 7 64bit / 8.1 64bit / 10 64bit
PROCESSOR: Intel Core i3 2.5 Ghz or AMD Phenom II 2.6 Ghz or greater
MEMORY: 4 GB RAM
HARD DRIVE: 12 GB or more
DVD-ROM: Required for disc-based installation
VIDEO CARD: 1 GB DirectX 11 Video Card (AMD 5570 or nVidia 450)

Recommended
OS: Windows 7 64bit / 8.1 64bit / 10 64bit
PROCESSOR: Fourth generation Intel Core i5 2.5 Ghz or AMD FX8350 4.0 Ghz or greater
MEMORY: 8 GB RAM
HARD DRIVE: 12 GB or more
DVD-ROM: Required for disc-based installation
VIDEO CARD: 2 GB DirectX 11 Video Card (AMD 7970 or nVidia 770 or greater)

“But what about Despot’s specs?” you ask. For that, I’ll turn you over to Complicity:

“the HeadCrash team designed Despot so that it takes advantage of whatever configuration of system it’s being played on, with the maximum on a PC being a 386SX running at 25MHz with at least 2Mb of RAM and 8Mb of hard-disk space free plus an S3-based graphics card fitted. The game will run on anything down to an Atari 520ST and still work (but it won’t look remotely as good, run so fat or have all the interactive features) and obviously it’ll look just as good and do everything on a better-than-maximum machine, but it just so happens that the above spec is exactly what I’ve got on my machine.

“This is purely a coincidence, of course; it’s not fate, not karma, not anything except a fortuitous accident, but dammit, it’s just so neat! No waste! No fat! Just exactly the right, most elegancy eco-optimum system – as near to state-of-the-art as I could afford at the time, barely a year ago and I’m still paying the now quite superseded bastard off – to run this stunningly Machiavellian turbo-scream of a game; an instant classic, easily a year ahead of its time and just possibly better than sex.”

Yeah, you are meant to think the protagonist is a bit of a knobhead. I won’t even tell you how excited he is about the prospect of a laptop able to run Despot.

Civilization VI is out on October 21st. But how does it compare to sex? Adam has played Civ 6 several times but somehow never compared it to intercourse nor even a little tug. The best we get is hearing it is “exciting, complex & aggressive” (Civ, not sex). Come on, Adam. You’re letting us down.

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