Update...November 13. Things have changed so I've changed the title and the first paragraph of this post.
I pre-ordered Dishonored and cancelled it, then renewed my order due to changing circumstances. However, I'm not going to change the text of the rest of this complaint post or delete it. I still have no idea if the game runs well or at all on XP so the question is still relevant, however it doesn't concern me now.
The system specs don't include Windows XP which a large number of people world wide, including myself still use. This game is DX9 and not for XP. Amazing.
Bethblog Info including system requirements -
Support for Windows XP finishes sometime in 2014 so I just find that unbelievable. As GStaff says in the above link it runs on XP but the drivers aren't supported.
So I ask, why would I pay $70 Australian for a game that may, or may not run on my computer and that I can't return if it doesn't? I already have games that haven't lived up to their pre-release hype so there goes at least one sale. I'll put my money towards Resident Evil 6 and other games that support an existing and still supported OS instead.
I'm not in a position to upgrade my OS as well as extra RAM and have no other reason to do so, especially for a game that's essentially another console port. I can run The Witcher 2 at highest settings as well as other new games released over the past year. Everything else checks out on my system according to the posted specs except my OS, which I'm otherwise very happy with.
I won't be buying Dishonored even if they add support for XP in the future considering Bethesda's track record for patches and rushed release dates even though the game is being developed by Arkane Studios.
The publisher (Bethesda in this case) has the final say after all. I feel a bit sorry for Arkane Studios as they have produced quality games in the past and may lose out on this deal.
I still haven't gotten around to posting my views on Dark Souls: Prepare To Die, but suffice to say it's an awesome game out of the box even though it's a straight console port, and will keep me entertained for some time to come. Dying has become an art form in this game and serves to teach you to learn from your mistakes and overcome them.