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Total War: Warhammer specs revealed with new release date

Developer Creative Assembly has announced the official system requirements for its hotly anticipated strategy title Total War: Warhammer — but unfortunately, there’s some bad news for fans waiting patiently for the game’s release, too.

The game will now launch on May 24, almost a month later than its previously announced release date of April 28. Creative director Mike Simpson attempted to mitigate disappointment with the claim that this could be the best game in the series so far, and that the team doesn’t want to rush things, according to a report from PC Gamer.

Creative Assembly has gone the extra mile for fans by offering up three sets of specs, each of which caters to a particular set of users. Whether you’re hoping to max out the new Total War or just hoping that your PC can run it at minimum settings, here’s the info you need:

Minimum:

[Expected around 15-25 FPS on campaign map and in a 1v1, 20 units vs 20 units battle, default graphics preset set to “Low”]

  • Operating System: Windows 7 64-Bit
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 3.0 Ghz
  • RAM: 3 GB*
  • Hard Drive: 35 GB
  • Video Card: (DirectX 11) AMD Radeon HD 5770 1,024MB | Nvidia GTS 450 1,024MB | Intel HD 4000 @ 720p

*PC integrated graphics chipsets require 4GB RAM, e.g. Intel HD series

Recommended: 

[Expected around 45-55 FPS on campaign map and in a 1v1, 20 units vs 20 units battle, default graphics preset set to “High”]

  • Operating System: Windows 7/8.1/10 64-Bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4570 3.20 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Hard Drive: 35 GB
  • Video Card: (DirectX 11) AMD Radeon R9 270X 2,048MB | Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 2,048MB @ 1080p

PC 60 fps+ Specifications:

[Expected 60 FPS+ on campaign map and in a 1v1, 20 units vs 20 units battle, default graphics preset set to “Ultra”]

  • Operating System: Windows 7/8.1/10 64-Bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0 GHz
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard Drive: 35GB
  • Video Card: (DirectX 11) AMD Fury X or Nvidia GTX 980 @ 1080p

All in all, these specs seem to be in line with expectations. The scale of the Total War series means that ultra settings require a powerful system, but it looks like more modest rigs will still be able to keep things ticking over without too much trouble.

Related: Total Warhammer’s dwarves are packing hefty axes and beards

The new Total War has its work cut out for it after technical issues and poor optimization caused something of a backlash against 2013’s Rome II. While last year’s Attila was widely viewed as a return to form, Warhammer needs to be a big success from the get-go, as Creative Assembly has plans for the game to kick off a trilogy.

Total War: Warhammer will launch for PC on May 24, 2016.