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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
London (21, February 2013) –
Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of SQUARE
ENIX® interactive entertainment products in Europe and other
PAL territories, today announced that Tomb Raider™ developer,
Crystal Dynamics, has released the system requirements for the PC
version of the eagerly anticipated game; scheduled for release on
March 5th 2013, in line with Xbox 360 and PS3.
The PC version of Tomb Raider has been developed in tandem
between Crystal Dynamics and long-time partner Nixxes; a
collaboration that has spanned over a dozen PC titles and dates
back fifteen years.
Jurjen Katsman, Director of Nixxes stated that:
“The team at Crystal intended to make the game of their
careers and we are extremely proud of the part we have played in
the project’s development.”
Tomb Raider for PCs has been extensively optimized to heighten
the gameplay experience; with the goal of taking advantage of the
PC platform. Enhanced features include: full integration with
Steamworks, increased detail tessellation, improved SSAO and
post-filter effects, and very high resolution textures, shadows and
“AMD Graphics and Crystal Dynamics have partnered to
capture the realism of one of video gaming’s most iconic
characters, Lara Croft of the Tomb Raider franchise,”
said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager,
“By leveraging the power of AMD Radeon™ and
Graphics Core Next, Lara and her environment have come to life like
Additionally, for PCs that are capable, the game will support
AMD HD3D and AMD Eyefinity technologies, the latter of which allows
up to six simultaneous displays off a single graphics card.
The game’s enhanced features on the PC version
- Full integration with Steamworks to offer cloud storage for
saves, multiplayer matchmaking, achievements, as well as automatic
updates and new content.
- Support for Steam Big Picture Mode.
- Configurable mouse and keyboard support.
- Gamepad support.
- Very high resolution textures with up to 16x the amount of
- Detail Tessellation to enhance the detail on many surfaces in
- Higher quality shadows
- High quality bokeh depth of field with near-blur
- Tessellation algorithms used to smooth out geometry
- Improved cloth, SSAO, quality wetness effects, and post-filter
- LOD quality is adjustable for better quality on higher-end
- Crystal care about TR fans being able to run on older systems,
unlike many other games they still support Windows XP.
- A lot of scalability options to suit a range of machines.
Darrell Gallagher, Studio Head of Crystal Dynamics commented:
“With over a decade of experience working alongside AMD
and Nixxes at Crystal Dynamics alone, we had rock solid partners on
board to create a superb Tomb Raider experience for PC gamers
around the world. At Crystal we approach each of our projects with
the sole intention of creating the best possible consumer
experience for that format, and we are proud to have worked
alongside two great partners who hold the very same
The full list of PC minimum and recommended system requirements
is listed below:
Minimum system requirements for PC
XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista,7,8 (32bit/64bit)
9 graphics card with 512Mb Video RAM:
o AMD Radeon HD 2600 XT
o AMD Athlon64 X2 2.1 Ghz (4050+)
Intel Core2 Duo 1.86 Ghz (E6300)
Memory (2GB on Vista)
Recommended system requirements for PC
Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
11 graphics card with 1GB Video RAM:
o AMD Radeon HD 4870
nVidia GTX 480
o AMD Phenom II X2 565
Intel Core i5-750
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unit, develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE
ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content
in Europe and other PAL territories as part of the Square Enix
Group. Square Enix Ltd. also has a global network of leading
development studios such as IO Interactive™, Crystal
Dynamics® and Eidos Montréal. The Square Enix Group
boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including:
FINAL FANTASY, which has sold over 100 million units worldwide,
DRAGON QUEST® which has sold over 61 million units worldwide
and TOMB RAIDER® which has sold over 35 million units
worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix Ltd.
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