Eternal Crusade of Unreal Engine 4.11

Two months ago we’ve tested the performance of Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade. During these time, the game has been getting 2 bigger updates and a lot more lesser patches. The game finally moved to Unreal Engine 4.11 (UE 4.11) in patch 17 and in patch 18 Eldar faction was added. Of course, these aren’t the only changes that occured in the game. Both updates brought balance improvements other different mistakes corrections. Developers also added new maps and weapons. Russian players now have translated interface (not fully translated, to be honest) and european servers to play.

However, there are more imporvements of lesser importance. We have to admit that to our opinion, transfer to Unreal Engine 4.11, was supposed to provide us with better performance, as the developers we telling us back in March. Well, the reality turned out to be tough.

Back then, Eternal Crusade had no recommended system requirements and minimal requirements were noted as “Expect much higher requirements for Alpha using latest UE4”. Now these minimal requirements have been lifted to recommended requirements for release version.

Recommended system requirements are basically the Early Access minimal requirements, so it appears that before UE 4.11 transfer, the game had much more optimization problems. To make a descision, whether it’s true or not, let’s take a new performance test. But before we do that, let’s make it clear, that one never knows what to expect from Early Access games.

Bytex testing table:

OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home х64
CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4790 CPU @ 3.60GHz
Cooling system: DEEPCOOL GAMMAXX 300
Motherboard: ASUS B85M-G
RAM: 2 x Crucial Ballistix Elite 4 Gb DDR3 PC3-12800
HDD: Seagate ST1000DM003
Power unit: Aerocool VP-750 (RTL) 750W ATX
Case: Thermaltake Versa H25


It’s only enough to glance through the diagramms with Unreal Engine 4.10 and 4.11 to understand why system requirements have increased. It’s different with every videocard, but FRS has dropped.

If low-settings don’t give that away at once, as almost every our contestant has a large FPS supply there (GTX 660, GTX 750 / 750 Ti, GTX 760 and GTX 950), ultra-settings have no mercy. AMD (R7 370 and R9 270X) videocards and GeForce GTX 760 fell themselves much worse now. GTX 750 Ti and GTX 660 lowered their FPS rate too, though within acceptable limits.

Next, let’s take a look at all those videocards on four different graphical settings (low, medium, high and ultra) and a close detailed diagramm on each videocard. That’s something we didn’t have in our previous test! This time, there is no point in describing the results of this or that GPU test. First, you can read about that in the first article, second, it’s noteworthy, that everything became a little worse. GTX 750 Ti and GTX 660 lost FPS within a margin of error, R7 370 and R9 270X lost 15-20% FPS, GTX 760 lost 25%! Nothing changed with GTX 950 and GTX 750, though. Detailed diagramms can show you graphics quality, provided by each 3D adapter with acceptable FPS.

Minimal requirements

Steam configuration:

OS: 64-bit Operating Systems (Windows 7, Windows 8 & Windows 8.1)
CPU: Intel Core i3 4170 or AMD FX-8120
RAM: 8 GB
GPU: DX11 Compatible GeForce GTX 460 1GB or AMD HD5850 1GB
Notes: Minspec for release. See recommended requirements for Early Access

Bytex configuration:

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic х64
CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-4330 CPU @ 3.50GHz
Cooling System: DEEPCOOL GAMMAXX 300
Motherboard: ASUS H97-PLUS
GPU: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 750 [GV-N750OC-2GI]
RAM: Kingston HyperX FURY BlackSeries [HX318C10FB/8] 8 Гб
HDD: Seagate ST1000DM 003-1ER162
Case: Thermaltake V3 Black Edition

To our opinion, minimal requirements should be deleted from Steam for a while, as they are announced for release version, not early access. Well, we’ve checked that too, so we could compare current and previous results. Last time the results provided us with more or less, will-do performance in Full HD on medium and high settings. Now, we’ve reached another level of will-doness. In the diagramm we can see, that the performance is much better with UE 4.11. At least, Full HD results now have logical confirmations and other resolutions don’t have drastic changes.

Recommended requirements

Steam configuration:

OS: 64-bit Operating Systems (Windows 7, Windows 8 & Windows 8.1)
CPU: Intel Core i5 or AMD FX-8300 or higher
RAM: 8 GB
GPU: DX11 Compatible GPU with 2 GB VRAM (AMD HD7800 or higher)
Notes: Current Early Access Minimum Requirements.

Bytex configuration:

OS: Windows 10 x64
CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4570 CPU @ 3.20GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.2GHz
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7850
RAM: 1 x Crucial CT102464BA160B 8Gb DDR3 PC3-12800

Recommended system requirements for Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade can be considered as minimal for the current version. AMD Radeon HD 7850 collaborating with Intel Core i5 4570 is enough to play on medium-high settings with Full HD. The performance is a bit better, comparing to minimals with GeForce GTX 750. If it weren’t for freezes and rare FPS drops, it’d be all good.

CONCLUSION

We can’t surely say, that Unreal Engine 4.11 helped Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade to become better. Maybe Epic Games promised too much when talking about thousands of smaller improvements. Perhaps, these improvements don’t work with all configurations or/and drivers. At the times of Unreal Engine 4.12…

One can suppose, that Behaviour Interactive are making good progress, as there were five hotfixes for number 18 patch (and there are more to come)! There is no doubt, that the members of Eternal Crusade are doing their best. Recently, during his speech in Steam community, chief producer Nathan Richardsson announced upcoming changes, thanked all followers and warned everyone that early access games are for those, who is into game developing.

We will confirm his last note. Just like any other Early Access product, Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade is oriented on impatient fans of the game (or game unvierse in this case). They have no fear of facing lugs, server reboots, immense rebalances or lists of bugs. What else is there to add? For the Emperor!

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