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    The intriguing saga of Nier: Automata’s PC release date appears to be at an end today, thanks to an official Japanese FAQ and a (pulled, obviously) Square Enix store page. Those links should send you to a Google translated version of the former, and a web cache version of the latter.

    Both pages have 17 March as the PC launch date. The Square Enix store page also listed a few extras that come with a ‘Day One Edition’, including a Valve-gear eyepiece for the main character. You can see a (rather blurry, since I had to enlarge it) screenshot of that below. Keep in mind, this store page was pulled – so there’s still some doubt about that date.

    Update: It’s now official, so no more doubts. 17 March it is.

    Meanwhile, along with the same release date, the Japanese FAQ support page has some system requirements. These may be a bit iffy, however, as they seem to recommend an Nvidia GTX 980 or an R9 380X as your GPU. Now, as an owner of a 380X, it’s a hardy card, but it’s no 980. Here are the specs, nonetheless.

    Minimum
    · OS: Windows® 7 64-bit, Windows® 8.1 64-bit, Windows® 10 64-bit
    * 32-bit OS does not work.
    · CPU: Intel® Core ™ i3 2100 or more
    · AMD A 8 – 6500 or more · Main memory: 4 GB or more free space
    · Hard disk / SSD: 50 GB or more free space
    · graphics card: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 770 VRAM 2 GB or more AMD Radeon ™ R9 270X VRAM 2GB or more
    sound card: DirectX® 11 support and communication environment: Broadband or more
    – screen resolution: 1280X720
    – DirectX®: DirectX® 11
    – other: mouse, keyboard, game pad (XInput only)

    Recommended
    · OS: Windows® 8.1 64 bit, Windows® 10 64 bit * It does not operate on 32 bit OS.
    · CPU: Intel® Core ™ i5 4670 or more
    · AMD A 10 – 7850 K or more · Main memory: 8 GB or more free space
    · Hard disk / SSD: 50 GB or more free space
    · graphics card: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 980 VRAM 4 GB or more AMD Radeon ™ R9 380X VRAM 4GB or more
    sound card: DirectX® 11 support and communication environment: Broadband or more
    • screen resolution: 1920X1080
    – DirectX®: DirectX® 11
    – other: mouse, keyboard, game pad (XInput only)

    Peter Parrish

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