Total War: Three Kingdoms stuttering issue, low FPS, crash to desktop bug fixes and more

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, May 28, 2019 5:09 PM
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Total War: Three Kingdoms has enjoyed a total blockbuster launch weekend. Peaking at 191K concurrent players, TW3K is the most successful launch in Total War franchise history. Potentially millions of us have lived through a bleary-eyed weekend of one-more-turn and chin-stroking strategising. But, Total War: Three Kingdoms isn't a game without its share of technical hiccups and performance issues on PC. 

Here we're looking to collect together the most widespread (and frustrating) issues with Total War: 3K, whether that's game crashes, low frame rates, stuttering, or graphical artifacting in Three Kingdoms Total War. We're also going to keep an eye on all of the potential solutions. Anything that can help those who can't play Three Kingdoms because of technical problems, basically.

Low frame rates in 3 Kingdoms: Total War

Total War: Three Kingdoms is quite a demanding PC game and low frame rates can be expected on lower-end hardware. Be sure to check out TW: Three Kingdom’s PC system requirements to ensure your PC hardware configuration meets the minimum specs.

If you are experiencing low FPS in Three Kingdoms then lower the graphics presets or the resolution in order to increase your frame rate. The minimum system requirements for Total War: Three Kingdoms are aimed at users playing at 1280 x 720p screen resolution, Low graphics preset, 25-30 frames per second.


Total War: Three Kingdoms stuttering on the campaign map

Some users have experienced micro-stutters as well as prolonged frame rate drops on the campaign map in Three Kingdoms. The FPS is also often lower within the campaign map than the large-scale army battles themselves. Unfortunately, there is no known fix for this but Creative Assembly is working on further performance optimisation, saying “We're actively investigating this at the moment”.


Total War: Three Kingdoms crash to desktop

While rare, TW:3K does sometimes crash to desktop. There can be many reasons for this based upon your particular hardware and software configuration. However, Creative Assembly is working to ensure a more stable play experience in Three Kingdoms. A small, first-pass stability fix was patched in on May 28th. This fixes several known crashes and is a 200MB download through your Steam client.


Sky has gone black in TW: Three Kingdoms

A number of users have reported an issue with the skybox in TW: Three Kingdoms appearing black, as well as persistent arrow trailers, blurriness, and low-resolution textures.

This issue in Three Kingdoms Total War appears to be exclusive to Windows 7 users. In order to fix this problem, you need to check for updates in Windows 7 and update to the latest version of the operating system. 

To check for updates in Windows 7, click the Start bar and open the Control Panel. Go to ‘System and Security’. Open ‘Windows Update’ and click ‘Check for updates’.

Also, ensure you have the latest graphics card drivers installed.

For Nvidia the Total War: Three Kingdoms graphics cards drivers needed are GeForce 430.86.

For AMD the Total War: Three Kingdoms graphics cards drivers needed are Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.5.2.


Campaign map is strobe flashing in TW:3K

An issue for GeForce RTX 20 series graphics card users in Total War: Three Kingdoms can cause the campaign map to flash bright white repeatedly. This problem is simply down to not having the latest Nvidia GeForce graphics card driver installed. Simply auto-update through your GeForce Experience software to ensure more stable gameplay.

We will continue to update this article with additional TW: 3 Kingdoms performance problems and possible fixes. Do let us know below if you've run into any issues yourself!

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