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PC requirements for Epic’s Paragon are surprisingly tame

Late last year, at Sony’s PlayStation Experience expo, Epic Games revealed Paragon, a third-person MOBA slated to arrive on both PC and consoles in 2016. Now, the day to try it out for yourself is finally here — at least in the form of early access. However, there are a few prerequisites you should be aware of before you prematurely “prepare for victory.”

The first is that you’ll need to purchase one of three Founder’s Packs, ranging from $20 to $100. The basic Founder’s Pack gives you everything essential to playing the game, while the $60 Challenger Pack and the $100 Master Pack include that and the addition of in-game cosmetics, already-unlocked unlockables, and an extra Founder’s Pack to give away to a friend.

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The other thing you need to be aware of, of course, are the system requirements for the game running on your PC. Fortunately, you don’t need a beast of a gaming rig to meed the minimum specs, as described by the official Paragon FAQ:

The Baseline (Minimum):

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 or AMD Radeon HD 6870 equivalent DX11 GPU
  • 1 GByte VRAM
  • Core i5 2.5 Ghz
  • 4 GByte RAM
  • Windows 7/8/10 64-bit

The Exemplar (Recommended):

  • Nvidia GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7870 equivalent DX11 GPU
  • 2 GByte VRAM
  • Core i5 2.8 Ghz
  • 8 GByte RAM
  • Windows 7/8/10 64-bit

If your computer can’t run the game in its current state, Epic suggests avoiding the early access version for now and opting to “check back later,” as the game continues to undergo optimizations and improvements for low-end PCs. The post goes on to describe tests with a wide range of graphics cards, including the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, which boasts a whopping 87fps, at the higher end of the spectrum, and the GeForce GT 540M at the bottom, barely pulling off 12fps even on the lowest settings.

Paragon joins Overwatch and Battleborn in a year when non-traditional, MOBA-like games have been arriving across multiple platforms.

How is the Paragon early access faring for you? Let us know in the comments section below.