Assassin's Creed II gets a PC release date and all that

I don’t think it’s too controversial to say that the PC version of AAA games often ends up being the definitive one. Tycho said as much in today’s Penny Arcade news post, and I think in many cases it’s true. Better graphics, updates and occasional free DLC, and other perks can even make a game worth buying twice. Assassin’s Creed II is one I’ve been waiting on for a while now, and I’m happy to say it’ll be hitting PC come March 16.

The minimum specs are actually quite reasonable. AC ran like butter on my two-year-old midrange PC, and looked ten times better than Dragon Age, which has just the worst framerates I’ve ever seen. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4 GHz
  • RAM: 1.5 GB Windows XP / 2 GB Windows Vista – Windows 7
  • Video Card: 256 MB DirectX 9.0-compliant card with Shader Model 3.0 or higher
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 -compliant sound card

Recommended stats are higher, of course. The rest are at the link above.

March, though — man, by the time I’ve finished it, AC3 will be coming out! I suppose it’ll be a nice, long wait till the PC version of that comes out as well. Ah, the price we pay…