New Sega RTS Will Only Work With DirectX 10, Vista

New Sega RTS Will Only Work With DirectX 10, Vista

Stormrise, a new RTS from Creative Assembly, is coming to consoles. No problems there. But it’s also coming to the PC, and when it does, you better hope you’re not still rocking Windows XP.

Why? Because the game will only run under DirectX 10, which will only run under Windows Vista. Lead designer Artem Kulakov explains:

DX10 has offered a lot of advantages over DX9. First of all, DirectX 10 allowed us to simplify the rendering engine. It matches capabilities of next generation consoles better than DX9, which is important for us considering that Stormrise is a multi-platform title. We had fewer driver-specific compatibility issues with Stormrise compare to our previous games released with DX9.

Of course, it won’t officially run under XP. We’re sure someone will find a workaround. Provided, that is, those kind of people aren’t too busy playing that other Creative Assembly strategy game that came out this week

On the subject, how many of you are still soldiering on with XP as we roll into 2009, over seven years since the OS was first released?

Stormrise first DX10 only game – Interview with Lead Designer [PC Games Hardware]


  • I’m thinking the same thing as PALADiN.
    I’d be interested in finding some official figures, but I like to think that the vast majority of PC gamers are still using XP (if not just to justify my own frustration with this decision).
    I’m all for DX10 and the advantages it provides, but like so many other people, I’m holding out for Windows 7 before I consider leaving XP behind, meaning that even though I really want to try this game, it will probably be missed entirely, since by the time Windows 7 rolls around, I will have a list of other more recent games that I want to play.

  • Haha, they said I wouldn’t be able to play Halo 2 on XP but I proved them wrong! Let the new challenge commence!

  • What on earth are they thinking? I mean a quick glance at the Steam Hardware Survey clearly shows their folly, 62% running windows XP. Locking out 62% from playing your game from the start, and then that 36% running Vista have to want to play your game.

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