Total War: Three Kingdoms is an upcoming game that has stirred the gaming quite a lot. The game has impressive graphics and realistic battles that keep the gamer immersed. The game was initially in its Beta version which was slowly phased out.
Despite the intensive development and popularity of the game, we came across numerous instances where the game started crashing either randomly or during the game. This behavior was noted to occur on specific occasions as well for example when a player went into a specific battle or performed some specific in-game action. Here in this article, we will go through all the reasons as to why this issue occurs and what the possible workarounds are to fix the problem.
What causes Total War Three Kingdoms to Crash?
After investigating all the user reports and combining our results, we concluded that the issue occurred due to several different reasons. All of them might not be applicable in your case. Some of them are:
- System requirements: This might be ignored in several cases but if your computer doesn’t meet the requirements, you are going to experience frequent crashes.
- NVIDIA GeForce Experience: NVIDIA’s GeForce experience might be one of the most popular graphics customization engines out there but it is known to conflict with several different games.
- Outdated game: Since Total War is still on its way to be fully stable, there are numerous instances where its engineers release updates to fix any problems. If your game is outdated, it is highly recommended that you update it as soon as possible.
- Bad graphics drivers: Graphics drivers are the main components that are responsible for communicating information between your OS and the graphics hardware present. If the drivers themselves are not installed properly, you will experience numerous issues.
- Beta version: Total War also runs a Beta version alongside its stable iteration. If you are running Beta, there are more chances that you will experience crashes and errors.
- Power settings: Power settings are known to dictate the power input to your CPU and also to your graphics card. If there are any discrepancies between the modules, you will experience the unexplained crashes.
- High graphics settings: This is another issue that we came across which was experienced by several people. If you have high graphics settings present, the game will try to squeeze in more resources of the computer and it may crash during the process.
- Corrupt game files: This cause cannot be ignored. If your very game files are corrupt and have several modules missing, you will experience numerous issues with the game including crashing. Replacing corrupt game files might help.
Make sure that you start the solution from the first one and work your way down. Also, make sure that you are logged in as an administrator and have an active internet access.
Pre-requisite: Requirements for Total War: Three Kingdoms
Before we move on to any other technical solutions, you should first make sure that your PC requirements are enough to support the game itself. Even though the ‘minimum’ requirements work but we recommend that you have at least the recommended hardware.
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 3.00Ghz (With Integrated GPU Core i7-8550U) RAM: 4 GB OS: Windows 7 64Bit VIDEO CARD: GeForce GTX 650 Ti | Radeon HD 7850 1GB VRAM | Intel UHD Graphics 620 PIXEL SHADER: 5.0 VERTEX SHADER: 5.0 DEDICATED VIDEO RAM: 1024 MB
CPU: Intel i5-6600 | Ryzen 5 2600X RAM: 8 GB OS: Windows 10 64Bit VIDEO CARD: GeForce GTX 970 | Radeon R9 Fury X 4GB VRAM PIXEL SHADER: 5.1 VERTEX SHADER: 5.1 DEDICATED VIDEO RAM: 4096 MB
If you do not meet the requirements, make sure that you launch your game in the lowest settings and if even that doesn’t work, try updating your hardware.
Solution 1: Running in Low Graphics Settings
The very first step which we will take in fixing the crashing issue is changing the game’s configuration to run in the lowest graphics settings. This is a very important step because high graphics requirements always mean that more resources are going to be consumed and hence more errors can arise if these resources are not provided or are stuck in some pipeline.
Now there are two ways you can change the graphics settings. Either you can use the Preferences.script or you can manually enter the game and change the graphics options. This preference script will launch your game in the lowest settings and also in Windowed mode. If this helps, you can then change settings according to your needs.
Solution 2: Verifying Game and Cache Files
If lowering the in-game graphics doesn’t help, we will move on and check whether the game’s installation files are intact and not corrupt or missing. Usually, whenever you move the game from another computer or drive, the game files become corrupt. In some game updating cases, some modules might get downloaded incompletely which will later cause the crashes under discussion.
In this solution, we will navigate to the game’s properties and then use an in-built tool to verify the integrity of game files and see if it makes any difference in our case.
- Launch Steam and click on the Library button present on the top tab.
- Now, locate Three Kingdoms on the left navigation pane. Right-click on it and select Properties.
- Once in the game’s properties, click on the Local Files tab and select Verify integrity of game files.
- Let the process complete. After it is done, restart your computer completely and check if the issue is resolved for good.
Solution 3: Disabling Overclocking, GeForce Experience and other Applications
If both the above methods don’t work and fail to solve the crashing problem, we need to shift our focus to overclocking and third-party applications. Overclocking is becoming increasingly popular in today’s generation. It allows users to increase the clock rate of their computers to get more power. When the temperature threshold is reached, the CPU returns to the normal clocking speed and lets itself cool down. When it is cool enough, it starts overclocking again.
This process might be efficient but it is known not to work well with many different games including Total War. So disable overclocking. Furthermore, if you have NVIDIA GeForce Experience application, make sure that you disable it as well. Look for any third-party applications which have to do with enhancing graphics and disable (or uninstall in some cases) each one of them. Restart your computer after making changes and check if the issue is resolved for good.
Solution 4: Changing Power Settings
The Power settings on your computer control how much energy is to be provided to your hardware components in your computer. According to the plan selected, the processor and GPU components will get power. If there is a low-end plan selected, they will not get enough power and hence will run in an ‘energy-efficient’ manner. This will be counter-productive when your computer is trying to run a heavy game. Hence in this solution, we will navigate to your Power settings and change the plan.
- Press Windows + R to launch the Run application. In the dialogue box, type “control panel” and press Enter. This will launch your computer’s control panel. Make sure that View by: is set as small icons present at the top-right side of the screen.
- Now that you are in the control panel, click on Power Options.
- Here you will see the mode of power set currently. If it is set as Power saver, change it either to High performance or Balanced.
- If you have in the past changes some internal settings of each plan, click on Change plan settings and select Restore default settings to this plan.
Save changes and exit. Restart your computer and launch World of Tanks again and check if the issue is resolved for good.
Solution 5: Updating Graphics drivers
If all the above methods fail, we will try to update your graphics drivers to the latest build. There are numerous instances present where not updating the graphics drivers might cause compatibility problems of the hardware with the software. If this occurs, you will experience stuttering in the game or frequent crashes as under discussion.
Also, if the latest drivers don’t work for you, you can try rolling them back to a previous stable version (but not too far down the line). Newer drivers are sometimes unstable and may not work well with online games.
First, we will try to uninstall the current drivers using DDU where default drivers will be installed. If they don’t work, we will move on and try updating to the latest ones available.
- Install the utility Display Driver Uninstaller. You have a choice to use the Device manager instead but DDU ensures that there are no remnants of the older driver lying around on your system.
- After installing Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU), launch your computer in safe mode. You can learn how to boot your computer into safe mode by reading our article on it.
- Once you are in Safe mode, launch DDU from the executable which was created after the installation process.
- Once the application is launched, click Clean and Restart. This action will prompt a window to delete the current drivers along with their temporary files and then restart the computer.
- Boot your computer into normal mode, press Windows + R, type “devmgmt.msc” in the dialogue box and press Enter. Most probably the default drivers will be installed. If not, right-click on any space and select “Scan for hardware changes”. Now try launching the game and see if the default drivers fix the crashing issue.
- Now there are two methods to update the graphics drivers; either you can update them automatically using Windows update or manually by browsing to the file where your graphics drivers are located. If automatic updating fails, you have to navigate to your manufacturer’s website and download the drivers first.
To update, right-click on your hardware and select Update Driver. Now select any one of the two options according to your case.
- Restart your computer after installing the drivers, launch the game and check if this solves the problem.