Total War: Three Kingdoms gets arranged marriages and equal gender split for babies

The latest update lets you play matchmaker, and should make your mid-to-late-game dynasty building easier than before

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Building the perfect dynasty in Total War: Three Kingdoms is central to ensuring a prosperous China, but it’s not always easy to make sure the stars align in your favour. In a new update, however, Creative Assembly is making that perfect match a little simpler to engineer.

In the game’s latest update (outlined in a blog post published earlier today), which is currently available via an opt-in beta, the developers have introduced the ability to arrange a marriage for members of your court. For the low, low price of 4,000 gold, any eligible bachelors and bachelorettes can simply be married off, whether or not they’re part of your family.

To make keeping your dynasty going even easier, the update also readjusts the gender ratio for newborn babies. You’ll now have a 50/50 chance of giving birth to a baby boy or a baby girl, and change that Creative Assembly says “should make it easier to continue family lines and to organise marriages in the mid to late game.”

On that note, the update also adds the ability to view family trees for all factions. Accessing your own family tree will now offer a new menu, letting you check out the familial sprawl of friend and foe alike, and offering the opportunity to check out marital bonds and disrupt inheritances.

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Elsewhere, the update adds greater weighting to Satisfaction, with bonuses and debuffs depending on how content your court is. High satisfaction results in decreased corruption and more supplies, while low satisfaction means fewer supplies and slower XP gain.

Patch 1.1.1 is available now, but CA says it’ll be working on it for a little while yet. If you want to download it, you’ll need to head to the game’s beta tab on Steam. There’s more information on how to do that in the link at the top of this article.