Crytek has revealed the minimum PC system requirements for their highly anticipated shooter Crysis 2. The original title managed to score highly with critics, but was notorious for the steep hardware requirements needed to run the game at acceptable frame rates. Many gamers stayed away from it for this reason and consequently Crysis was perhaps more known as the prime benchmark for high-end graphics cards rather than a blockbuster hit.

The developer seemed to learn its lesson with Crysis Warhead and now it's promising to take graphics to new levels with an optimized CryEngine. Here are the minimum requirements for Crysis 2 according to the game's Facebook page:

  • Internet connection required for activation
  • OS: XP/Vista/Windows 7
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2Ghz, AMD Athlon 64 x2 2Ghz or better
  • 2 GB RAM
  • HDD: 9 GB
  • DVD ROM: 8x
  • GPU: NVIDIA 8800 GT 512MB RAM, ATI 3850HD 512Mb RAM or better
  • Keyboard, mouse, or Microsoft Xbox 360 controller for Windows

Note that these are just the minimum hardware requirements to play the game but Crytek isn't mentioning frame rates or quality settings. To play Crysis 2 in all its visual glory you'll still need a much more powerful rig and probably a last generation graphics card, although so far no recommended system specs have been published. We expect to hear more soon now that a multiplayer demo for PC is expected to land ahead of the game's release on March 22.