Quantum Break on PC requires Windows 10, DirectX 12

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Previously an Xbox One exclusive, the hotly anticipated Quantum Break will also be coming to PC, with both versions set to be released on April 5th. As a nice bonus for people with both systems, Microsoft revealed that anyone who pre-orders the Xbox One version will get the Windows 10 version for free.

Quantum Break, which was announced alongside the Xbox One nearly three years ago, is a third-person action-adventure shooter from Remedy Entertainment and Microsoft Studios, who previously worked on Alan Wake. In the game, players take control of Jack Joyce, who has time manipulation powers that can be used (along with guns) to defeat enemies.

The game has been developed using a new engine called Northlight, which uses DirectX 12’s new capabilities. As such, DirectX 12 is a requirement to play the game on PC, which makes it only compatible with Windows 10; gamers still using Windows 7 will not be able to run the title.

Remedy has revealed the system requirements for Quantum Break, and it’s going to take a fairly beefy system to run the game at its maximum settings.

Recommended Minimum
CPU Intel Core i7 4790 4.0 GHz
AMD “equivalent”
Intel Core i5-4460 2.7 GHz
AMD FX-6300
AMD Radeon R9 Fury X
6 GB of VRAM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
AMD Radeon R7 260X
2 GB of VRAM
RAM 16 GB 8 GB
OS Windows 10 64-bit. Requires DirectX 12 support.
Storage 55 GB

Quantum Break is a single-player game, so you’ll be able to share saves between the Xbox One and Windows 10 versions, but there is no cross-play support.

New trademark filing suggests that full Alan Wake sequel could be on its way

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2010 survival horror game Alan Wake was one of those titles that people seemed to either love or hate (I personally loved it). If you fall into the former camp, then here’s some potentially good news: Remedy Entertainment, the studio behind the games, has filed a trademark application for ‘Alan Wake’s Return.’

The listing was spotted on the European Union Trademark Database by a NeoGAF user, who also pointed out that the domain was registered last year “via the same proxy as other Remedy domains.”

Remedy has had its hands full recently with the upcoming Quantum Break, its third-person shooter, but the company’s creative director, Sam Lake, expressed his desire to return to the Twin Peaks-inspired franchise in April last year.

“For Alan Wake, from the get-go, we assumed there was going to be a sequel and we mapped things further out when it came to character, story, details and focus changes,” said Lake. “We knew we would have to iterate and refine, but there was always a rough road map there.”

It’s worth remembering, of course, that despite Remedy Entertainment being listed as the owner of the trademark, this could be a hoax. Gamers were disappointed several years ago when a ‘Half-Life 3’ trademark submission turned out to be a fake.

Another indication that a new Alan Wake may be on its way is the fact that Microsoft is offering the original game for free through backward compatibility with every copy of Quantum Break. Anyone pre-ordering will also get the equally entertaining spin-off title American Nightmare, which was originally sold as a downloadable follow-up to the first game.

A new Alan Wake designed for today’s modern hardware is certainly an appealing prospect. Hopefully, the trademark will prove genuine, and we’ll get to return to this dark, brilliant world.