Looking Glass Studios’ Thief: The Dark Project still stands as one of the most highly-regarded and influential stealth games of the 1990s, but these days PC gaming technology has moved on so far that it can be tricky to even get the original Thief game running on the latest Windows OS.
The Thief franchise finally arrived on console with Thief: Deadly Shadows, which was released on both PC and Xbox in 2004, and Eidos Montreal’s upcoming reboot – titled simply Thief – is expanding even further with releases on both the PS4, PS3, Xbox 360 and the Xbox One. Since the core fanbase is made up largely of PC gamers, however it’s worth taking a look at the kind of specs that will be required to run Thief on PC when it arrives next month.
Eidos Montreal revealed the requirements on the official site for Thief today, stating that, “Even with the advent of next-gen consoles, for many old-school fans, Thief will always be most at home on the PC. ” The game was ported to PC in collaboration with Nixxes, who also worked on Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Tomb Raider, and lead designer StÃ©phane Roy has previously promised that the game will be “a different type of beast” depending on which platform its played on.
This is the kind of beast that you will need to play it:
OS: Windows Vista with platform update
CPU: High-performance dual core CPU or quad core CPU
RAM: 4 GB
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon 4800 series / Nvidia GTS 250
DirectX: DirectX 10
HDD/SSD: 20 GB
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
HDD/SSD: 20 GB
Compared to some of the heavy hitters of the new generation – including Call of Duty: Ghosts and Watch Dogs, both of which require at least 6GB RAM – Thief looks pretty manageable and PC gamers who have been served well by their systems over the past few years will probably not need to upgrade in order to play it.
This isn’t too surprising considering the game is also being released on previous generation console, and all-in-all Thief looks like a good buy for consumers who aren’t quite ready to buy the latest bleeding-edge gaming hardware just yet. Despite some misgivings, it made Game Rant’s list of most anticipated games for this year, and we look forward to trying it out next month.
Thief arrives on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on February 25, 2014.
Source: Eidos Montreal