Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood releases today and NACON has provided us with a review code for it. As such, it’s time to benchmark it and see how it performs on the PC platform.
For this PC Performance Analysis, we used an Intel i9 9900K with 16GB of DDR4 at 3600Mhz, AMD’s Radeon RX580 and RX Vega 64, NVIDIA’s GTX 690, GTX980Ti, RTX 2080Ti and RTX 3080. We also used Windows 10 64-bit, the GeForce driver 461.40 and the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 21.2.1 drivers. The game does not feature any SLI profile, meaning that our GTX690 behaved similarly to a single GTX680.
Cyanide has added a few graphics settings. PC gamers can adjust the quality of Draw Distance, Anti-aliasing, Post-processing, Shadows, Textures, Effects and Foliage. Additionally, you can find a resolution scaler. Unfortunately, though, the game does not feature any FOV slider.
In order to find out how the game scales on multiple CPU threads, we simulated a dual-core, a quad-core and a hexa-core CPU. And we are happy to report that this game runs smoothly on a variety of CPU configurations. Without Hyper Threading, our simulated dual-core was unable to run the game due to severe stuttering issues. With Hyper Threading enabled, though, we were getting more than 120fps at 720p/Max Settings.
Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood can also run smoothly on older generation Intel CPUs. Even though the game relies heavily on one CPU core/thread, our Intel i7 4930K was able to provide a constant 100fps experience at 1080p/Max Settings.
The game can also run smoothly on a wide range of GPUs. Most of our GPUs were able to provide a constant 60fps experience at 1080p/Max Settings. Hell, even our GTX690 (in single GPU mode) was able to provide a constant 30fps experience.
At 1440p/Max Settings, all of our four top GPUs were able to run the game with constant 60fps. As for 4K/Max Settings, the only GPUs that were able to provide a smooth gaming experience were the RTX2080Ti and the RTX3080. In this particular game, the RTX3080 is 31-40% faster than the RTX2080Ti.
Graphics-wise, Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood looks like a PS4/Xbox One game. While it does not push the boundaries of Unreal Engine 4, it’s at least pleasing to the eye. There are some cool lighting and terrain tessellation/POM effects, and most of the characters have a respectable amount of polygons. We also noticed some lovely Subsurface Scattering effects. However, some objects (like little rocks) lack shadows (or ambient occlusion effects). Animations are also a bit stiff, at least for a game releasing in 2021.
Overall, Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood works like a charm on the PC. While it does not have mind-blowing graphics, it can at least run smoothly on a huge range of PC configurations. The game would also benefit from some additional QoL improvements, like a FOV slider, so here is hoping that Cuanide will implement one via a post-launch update.