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FW:ToW System Requirements | #120

In this edition of the development blog, we’re listing the minimum and recommended system requirements needed to play Freeworlds: Tides of War.

System Requirements

As any PC gamer will know, there’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all when it comes to your gaming rig. System requirements are an unfortunate but necessary reminder of just how far our hard-earned systems can be pushed before they just cannot keep up any longer. Keeping that in mind, it’s time we have an honest talk about what is needed to run Freeworlds: Tides of War.

The first, and probably most important thing to note is this: Being able to run vanilla Freelancer and/or some of the other Freelancer mods out there without issue does not mean you will be able to run Freeworlds: Tides of War at an acceptable level of quality.

Freelancer came out in early 2003, and the majority of mods out there have not overhauled the graphics engine in the complete fashion that Freeworlds has. Freelancer and its many other mods should not and can not be used as your benchmark. The following should allow you to run Freeworlds:

Freeworlds: Tides of War – System Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows Vista (Minimum) / Windows 7 or Windows 10 Recommended
  • Processor: Intel / AMD CPU with Dual Cores / Preferably Better
  • RAM: 4GB Minimum / 8GB+ Recommended
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GForce GTX460, AMD Radeon HD5830 (Minimum) / GForce 500-series, AMD 6000-series or later Recommended
  • DirectX: DirectX 11 Required
  • Network Speed: 5mbit/s Up/Down Minimum
  • Storage: At Least 10GB Available on HDD

For anyone who is unsure if their PC meets the basic requirements, there is a tool available from the Starport that will let you know if your system is compatible: Freeworlds: Tides of War Compatibility Checker.

Simply download the tool and run it. You will be see the following screen:After waiting a moment, you will see the results. A positive result will look similar to the following:

Do take heed of the tool’s warning, however. Even if your system is compatible, that does not absolutely guarantee good performance. The requirements listed above are still necessary for a quality experience.

Also worth noting is that our game server is located in Eastern Canada, North America. A reasonably speedy internet connection is necessary, but the further you are from the server location, the worse your ping will be.

To get a rough idea of how steady your connection to the game server will be, we suggest running an internet speed test.

Before you initiate the test, choose a server located in one of the major eastern cities in Canada. Montreal, Quebec or Ottawa should suffice as test locations. For best results, your ping should be around 100ms or lower. At 150ms or more you may notice some lag issues, and anything over 200-250ms you will likely find that connection issues will get in your way.

As always, please feel free to reach out to the development team on our Discord server (links below). If you have questions related to system requirements or need help troubleshooting the game, please don’t hesitate to ask!

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