Victoria 3 update 1.2 has finally been released, and although there's nothing earth-shattering in this update, it does contain a heck of a lot of bug fixes. Paradox's grand strategy games are notoriously complex, with lots of interlocking parts, so some of the bugs being fixed are pretty funny, too.
As Paradox points out, the full changelog for Victoria 3 update 1.2 is too big to fit into a single Steam post, so it's best to read the patch notes on the studio's official forum. There, you'll find an absolute treasure trove of bug fixes and minor changes. Examples include Government Shares being added to buildings, with the new system paying directly into your treasury based on profits and ownership share.
Other changes include improvements to battle initiation, a worldwide rebalancing of the Arable Land system, and a reduction in aggression for the Colonial Clash event. Again, there's nothing in these patch notes that you can point to and call the "selling point", but if you're a Victoria 3 lover, you've probably fallen foul of some of these issues before, so it's nice to have them fixed.
As is very often the case with Paradox patch notes, this Victoria 3 update also contains some pretty entertaining additions and changes. One amusing bug fix makes it impossible "to Humiliate a country twice in the same war", while another rather sensibly restricts the "Manifest Mexico" Achievement to Mexico. It must have come as quite a shock to other countries when they accidentally manifested Mexico.
One particularly alarming change reads thus: "Oscar Wilde no longer vanishes with the dawning of a new day, as he has now been relegated to the Void for sufficient time for his event to conclude". It's no wonder he came out of Reading Gaol such a changed man, eh? There are many more like this in the full patch notes, although you might need to sift through some less entertaining (but still necessary) changes to get to them.
Today also marks the release of the Victoria 3 DLC pack Melodies for the Masses. Costing $4.99, this pack consists of an hour-long collection of original music composed to honor "the daily struggles and ambitions of the common people". It's inspired by the Romantic era of classical music, which makes sense given that the game is set in the 19th century. Grab it if you want to hear some more pastoral musings while you play.
Victoria 3 is available right now on PC via Steam. It'll set you back $49.99 or your regional equivalent.