Flatout 3: Chaos & Destruction – Team6 Recommends A… GTX590; Game requires at least 16GB of HDD

Okay guys, I’m puzzled here. This is the first time I’ve seen a racing game requiring such a high-end GPU. Team 6 Studios have just revealed the system requirements for their upcoming arcade racer, FlatOut 3: Chaos & Destruction. And get this right; the team recommends a GTX590 and 20GB of free hard-disk space. Just… wow. A GTX590 GPU is required? So this game should have mind-blowing graphics, right? Well, to be honest, I haven’t seen anything from FlatOut 3 that justifies such high requirements.
According to Team 6 Studios, publisher trailer – that is currently available for view – ¬†does not use the full maximum graphic levels / recommended hardware thus does not represent the best possible quality. So here is the one-million question; why they didn’t use the maximum graphic levels?
Ronnie Nelis, CEO and Lead Designer for Team 6 Studios, revealed at the Steam forums that players will have to lower effect-detail (only causes the smoke-particles and such to be rendered in a lower resolution, what most games do by default anyway) and shadow quality (meaning you’ll have no shadow on the grass) in order to increase their performance.
So, will FlatOut 3: Chaos & Destruction be a great looking racing game or an unoptimized mess? We’ll find out soon enough.
Here are the game’s system requirements!
Minimum System Requirements:
Operating system:Windows XP
Processor: Intel 2 GHz dual core CPU
Memory: 2 GB
Video: Nvidia GeForce 8600+ / AMD Radeon HD X2600+
Internet:Broadband Internet Connection
DirectX: DirectX 9.0c
Hard disk space: 16 GB
Sound: DirectX compatible Onboard Soundcard
Supported Input Devices: Keyboard, Joystick, XBox Controller, Gamepad, Microsoft Controller for Windows
Additional Notes: Also supports Razer Hydra.
Recommended System Requirements:
Operating system:Windows 7
Processor: Intel Quadcore
Memory: 4 GB
Video: Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 / AMD Radeon HD 6970
Internet:Broadband Internet Connection
DirectX: DirectX 9.0c
Hard disk space: 20 GB
Sound: DirectX compatible Soundcard
Supported Input Devices: Keyboard, Joystick, XBox Controller, Gamepad, Microsoft Controller for Windows
Additional Notes: Also supports Razer Hydra.
FlatOut 3 Chaos & Destruction Trailer 2