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Total War: Three Kingdoms trailer explains how spycraft works

The latest Total War: Three Kingdoms trailer covers what spies can do in your campaigns. The video centres around Cao Cao—you can watch his own reveal trailer here—as he uses the new subterfuge systems to plant spies in another faction's administration.

You can plant spies in a global recruitment pool and hope that an enemy faction snaps them up. While they are in place you can see extra information about that faction's setup, but there are risks. The trailer goes on to explain how spies can defect and feed you misinformation on behalf of your enemy. They can even secede and form their own faction. 

You will also want to keep a close eye on your own character pool as enemy factions can also send their own spies into your ranks. If a spy manages to infiltrate a warlord's family they gain access to assassination orders. It's best to be very careful about who you're letting into your organisation.

There's a lot of information in the trailer, so it's well worth a watch and while you're at it, check out everything we know about Total War: Three Kingdoms.

Total War: Three Kingdoms is set for release on March 7.

Sarah's earliest gaming memories involve playing Jet Set Willy on the ZX Spectrum at a friend's house. These days, and when not writing guides, most of her spare time goes into MMOs—though she's quite partial to JRPGs too. She has spent much of the last decade playing the likes of Star Wars: The Old Republic, TERA, Final Fantasy 14, and World of Warcraft. Sarah has been writing about games for several years and, before joining PC Gamer, freelanced for the likes of TechRadar, GamingBible, and Rock Paper Shotgun. One of her fondest hopes is to one day play through the ending of Final Fantasy X without breaking down into a sobbing heap. She probably has more wolves in Valheim than you.