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Icarus is a new sci-fi survival title being developed by Rocketwerkz, a New Zealand-based studio founded in 2014 by DayZ creator Dean Hall. One of the reasons that the game is drawing attention is for its system requirements; Icarus lists 32 GB of RAM under its recommended specifications, which is quite a bit higher than the 16 GB that’s typically recommended for gaming rigs. Icarus will be released on December 4 with NVIDIA RTX Global Illumination and DLSS.


  • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit versions)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 8400
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1060 6 GB
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband internet connection
  • Storage: 70 GB available space


  • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit versions)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 9700
  • Memory: 32 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA RTX 3060 Ti
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband internet connection
  • Storage: 70 GB available space

According to a statement that Hall sent to PC Gamer, Icarus will run fine with 16 GB of RAM. The developer only recommended 32 GB for future-proofing purposes.

“Maybe we aimed a bit too high, but we didn’t want to disappoint anyone either,” Hall said. “Icarus is an open-world game with multiplayer so extra RAM helps, but the game has been optimized to work without it.”

“Many people ‘massage’ their recommended specs. Our worlds are huge, and supporting high settings allows PC gamers to play with all the hardware they have. We picked recommended specs that work well, not recommended specs that sell the game, like publishers often do.”

Source: Icarus (via PC Gamer)

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  1. Sloppy coding requires more ram? Or does it splice off half your ram as a ram drive to cache stuff? Otherwise I don’t know why a game would need more than 16gb nowadays…

  2. Forza Horizon 5 has different memory use caps based on the amount of available host ram. On my system (32 gig) I’ve seen it consume around 10 gig of ram while on Systems running half that 5 gig is high.

    So programmers are finding use for more loaded in ram.. this company is just being clear about it.
    I’m betting it’s the same for other games as well.

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