Can your PC run this fall's Lord of the Rings game?

Minimum and recommended PC requirements for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor listed on the game's Steam product page.

[UPDATE] The specs listed on the Steam product page for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor are indeed real, developer Monolith tells GameSpot.

The original story is below.

Will your PC need to be so powerful to run Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor that it would be suited for Sauron himself? Probably not, according to the game's minimum and recommended requirements revealed today via the game's Steam product page.

You can check out the specs below, but take them with a grain of salt for now, as they don't come straight from developer Monolith Productions or publisher Warner Bros. We have followed up with the publisher to confirm the game's PC system requirements.

Minimum:

  • OS: 64-bit: Vista, Win 7, Win 8
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom II X4 965, 3.4 GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 | AMD Radeon HD 6950
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Hard Drive: 25 GB available space

Recommended:

  • OS: 64-bit: Win 7, Win 8
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770, 3.4 GHz | AMD FX-8350, 4.0 GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 | AMD Radeon HD 7970
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Hard Drive: 40 GB available space

Shadow of Mordor launches October 7 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. The game puts you in the boots of a ranger with Wraith-like abilities named Talion. Set in the inhospitable world of Mordor, you'll utilize Assassin's Creed-esque stealth moves to lay waste to enemy Orcs on your way to exacting revenge for your family's murder.

For more on Shadow of Mordor, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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523 comments
wm3sv
wm3sv

It's not that bad. At least they don't ask for a 2014 video card as nVidia GTX 880 or R9 280x, or a intel 4xxx.

I upgraded on 2012 and my PC is up to this specs.

Infinite_Access
Infinite_Access

Those minimum specs are better than a ps3/360.. makes no sense. 

skopas
skopas

well right now...I just OC'd my 12 core into a 100 core.   So I should be ok...

heatedheavy
heatedheavy

40gb download. What a waste of space.

sortajan
sortajan

25+ gig installations are fucking irritating.

ichigo62
ichigo62

mehhh this is mileading, its a total bullcrap on this spec. Mine hit recommended easy. But for those people think u need to upgrade just to play, not true, a 4 years old computer can play this just fine.


i smell some politics here *cough favor cough on cough cough consoles*

Shielder7
Shielder7

This is actually a brilliant plan make system requirements so high that odds are if you can afford to run it you won't bother pirating it.

cherublvl99
cherublvl99

Can your Console run this fall's Lord of the Rings game? 


peasant

jasongm
jasongm

Specs are ridiculous unless you have the $$$ to keep upgrading your pc every day or every month/year... I'm getting the PS4 version which will be a lot less.

oplix
oplix

Lmao kids whining about not having close to five year old PC specs. Give me a break.

oldtobie
oldtobie

i7 3770? Really? Why would it need to be so powerful?  Especially if the game is coming to last gen consoles... Either this game is going to be a horrible port or they are seriously watering it down for consoles.

Shivatin
Shivatin

With the way this game looks on screenshots, I smell a bad port incoming. I shall wait for a sale to get this after looking at reviews.

Algearond
Algearond

Going to be picking this up........at sometime. Guess upgrading GPU keeps getting moved up.

Godlikan
Godlikan

Sadly I cant run this only because of graphic card requirement... they are too much. GTX 460 cant handle it.

quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

do you need internet to play or to install this?


i hope the requirement is just for installation...

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

I wonder why the specs are that high.  Will the battles and environments be really big and really detailed?  Is the graphics engine just not optimized very well (like Crisis 1)?  Both?

onlyher23
onlyher23

Damn...I need to upgrade for this game already? Just bought a 270x...time for that 290 ! 

ishsgames
ishsgames

The HD 7970 and GTX 680 are really powerful cards.....i mean REALLY powerful cards. These GPU's outperform the consoles 2 to 3 times. The 3770 and 8350 are worlds away from the consoles. I can't imagine any developer legitimately utilizing these powerhouses other than Cloud Imperial, Crytek, Dice, Square Enix, Project Red and Epic. If these technologies are indeed utilized entirely, i hope the world doesn't end a day before their release lol. 

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

I have an i5 and a 6950 so apparently that's minimum now? Time to upgrade!

Iamkalell
Iamkalell

My PC was high end only three years ago and now I'm just barely exceeding minimum requirements on games.  I miss being able to run everything on max settings. lol

whackyq
whackyq

When's the last time we had a good lord of the rings game? PS2 or something?


Don't have high expectations, and maybe this game will exceed your expectation and be alright lol.

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

Who cares its just a lame AC rip off that has nothing to do with LOTR.

OldDirtyCR
OldDirtyCR

@ichigo62 What the hell are you talking about. This is straight from the developer. Minimum Requirements means the minimum the developer thinks you need in order to play the game with an experience they feel does the game justice.

Obviously minimum is not the bare minimum. Some people are fine playing 24 fps.

rusrockt10
rusrockt10

@Shielder7 I think it's the opposite.  People who are unsure if they can run it will pirate it just in case they can't.

ragna535
ragna535

@Shielder7 HUH? high requirements? The minimum requirements are what I have to play League and I play on all low setting to get 60 fps in that game. League is a game that is, supposedly, a game that doesn't require high specs. 

wm3sv
wm3sv

@cherublvl99 It's good they put the game in high settings because this can show how wothless actual consoles are.

Lacarus
Lacarus

@cherublvl99 Yes. Which is great, since I then won't have to upgrade/buy a new PC. Had this come out this time last year, my PC would've been able to run it at ultra. Now, not so much.

wm3sv
wm3sv

@jasongm I was in the next gen since 2012 lol. And this specs are under 2012 PCs so actually have 2 years having fun at 1080p and still rocking.....

label07
label07

@jasongm Asinine response... for the money you used on buying your PS4 you could have bought a top end gfx card.  


Here's another fun fact.  When you get rid of your PS4 for a PS5 this game will not be backwards compatible, on Steam I'll be able to play it whenever no matter what "generation" of gaming we are currently in and/or hardware my PC contains.

Shielder7
Shielder7

@oplix The Recommended specs aren't 5 years old and anyone with half abrain knows running it on minimum would be a straight up fail 

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

@Godlikan Just run it on mid or low with the resolution being 1080p and it'll look better than the PS4 version.

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

@Godlikan Thats why im getting it on PS4. Did the same with Wolfenstein and im glad, game looks great on PS4 even tho i know it looks just a little better on powerful PC, but who cares really, mad game.

DarkJedi8_basic
DarkJedi8_basic

@amdreallyfast I think it's the Nemesis system.  They also said the PS3/360 versions will have a watered down version of it.   I bet thats the reason for the high specs.

pezzott1
pezzott1

@ishsgames Crytek made my GTX 680 struggle with the dxd11 patch for Crysis 2 and that was a looong time ago.

Excalibus
Excalibus

@ishsgames  It's a GTX670 they're recommending here, not a 680. That said, they're already quite dated. Sure they'll run modern games just fine, but don't expect them to run The Witcher 3 at 60fps... I know graphics cards are damn expensive, but I myself am a bit surprised the recommended requirements are so low...

flaw600
flaw600

@label07 @jasongm When the PS5 comes out, I won't be playing this game. Hopefully by then source prices will come down so that better CPUs/GPUs can be put in And what @Shielder7 said

Shielder7
Shielder7

@label07 @jasongm Says who you?  PS 3 was cell which is why the PS 4 isn't backwards compatible PS 5 won't have that excuse.


Yeah you could buy a top end gfx card but it can't run the game alone.

flaw600
flaw600

@Shielder7 @oplix Rec specs are 3 years old. 3770 is not much better than 2770. And as far as GPUs go, meh. Gen 6 to Gen 7 wasn't a huge difference

flaw600
flaw600

@fend_oblivion @oldtobie Most games don't need 3770, including this one. Devs are confusing recommended settings with preferred settings (that is, what can make it run on ultra)

fend_oblivion
fend_oblivion

@DarkJedi8_basic @amdreallyfast If the next gen consoles can run the Nemesis system without a problem, I highly doubt that a decent quad core processor and a graphic card above HD 7750 will have difficulty running it. 


I think the system requirements are bogus.

DJJ2
DJJ2

@pezzott1 @ishsgames My GTX 680 handled it like a pro no sweat. I don't know what you're going on about.