There’s a few threads popping up with people worried about their kit running the game, we just wanted to clear up a couple of misconceptions that might help you out.
1) The “Recommended Spec” is not the spec that is required to run the game on full max quality settings at 1440p. It is a spec which we believe gives you a good experience of the game as we’d recommend it is played. If you have better hardware you will get better results.
There are 5 quality presents you can select in Total War: ATTILA (you can always go into ‘Advanced’ and tweak yourself of course).
- ‘Max Performance’ – integrated chipsets and older cards
- ‘Performance’ – low end cards
- ‘Quality’– mid range cards
- ‘Max Quality’ – high end cards
- ‘Extreme Quality’ – future cards – no card is set to this out of the box
The official “Recommended Spec” is pegged to the ‘Quality’ setting at 1080p ‘out of the box’.
‘Extreme Quality’ also activates 4XMSAA, which will have a particularly big performance impact. Please note, that the ‘Extreme Quality’ setting is meant for future graphics cards, not for current gen. This is why it's above Maximum Quality.
2) The Min and Rec specs are higher than ROME II, it is a new game that is going on two years more recent and is based on a newer iteration of our TW Engine. As a result it is more demanding, if you ran ROME II at a certain combination of settings, ATTILA will be different. If you have high end kit though, ATTILA will certainly look more impressive.
Note also that the ‘Extreme’ setting is not the same in each title.
3) There has been work done on performance and optimisation since the review build. How much that might effect your particular spec though we wouldn’t be able to say.
4) The way the game handles texture resolution has changed. In ROME II it was tied to the quality setting. In ATTILA it is based on available VRAM.
Finally, make sure you update all your drivers to the latest versions before you play on Tuesday, that is likely to make a huge difference.