Tonight Ubisoft sent out the minimum specs you'll need in order to run Assassin's Creed 3. Surprisingly, the game doesn't require DirectX 11 video cards or sound cards.

The minimum requirements, posted on Ubisoft's support site, are as follows:
  • Supported OS: Windows Vista (SP2) / Windows 7 (SP1) / Windows 8
  • Processor: 2.66 GHz Intel Core2 Duo E6700 or 3.00 GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ or better recommended
  • RAM: 2 GB (4 GB recommended)
  • Video Card: 512 MB DirectX 9.0c-compliant with Shader Model 4.0 or higher (see supported list)*
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c-compliant (5.1 surround sound recommended)
  • DVD-ROM: Dual-layer drive
  • Hard Drive Space: 17 GB
  • Peripherals Supported: Windows-compatible keyboard, mouse, optional controller (Xbox 360 Controller for Windows recommended)
  • Multiplayer: 256 kbps or faster broadband connection
While the game is fully playable with a mouse and keyboard, Ubisoft said previously that using a gamepad is the way to go. While the controls are no doubt different than they were in previous games, I'd expect a lot of multi-button actions so a gamepad does seem smart.

Ubisoft also provided a list of supported video cards. At launch, the game will be compatible with the AMD Radeon HD 3870 / 4000 / 5000 / 6000 / 7000 series or better. NVIDIA owners will need to have GeForce 8600 GT / 9 / 100 / 200 / 300 / 400 / 500 / 600 series or better. Laptop versions of these particular cards could work, but there are no guarantees.

AC3 will arrive on the PC about a month later than on the PS3 and Xbox 360. The PC launch is scheduled for November 20th in North America and the 23rd in Europe.

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