The PvE survival and exploration game Valheim released on Steam Early Access on February 2. Remarkably, the debut title from Swedish studio Iron Gate managed to sell more than one million copies in its first week, the developer announced on Steam.
What is this game all about? The setting and characters are inspired by Viking culture. To this end, the game procedurally generates an environment meant to simulate a Viking Purgatory full of opportunities to explore the land, farm crops, sail ships, and build armor and weapons.
But you’ll need every weapon you can get because the game throws mythical bosses at you that are larger than life. Fortunately, you don’t need to face these foes alone: each server can handle up to ten players, and all of you can work together to increase your chances of survival.
Even though the game is relatively new, you won’t have a hard time finding players to team up with. The game has already achieved a peak of 160,000 concurrent players, which is quite impressive for a new Early Access game. And the title has proven quite popular with streamers and streaming fans, with Valheim hitting 127,000 peak views on Twitch.
Perhaps the best news for fans of the game is that Iron Gate is busy taking player suggestions for ways to improve the game. And while they didn’t mention any specific issues by name, the developer made an announcement on Steam that mentioned they were “currently hard at work addressing issues some of our players have reported to maximize the game experience.”
What do we know about the future of this game? Iron Gate has offered a Valheim Roadmap to get players excited for the future of the game. But players can only guess at what some of the things on the map mean.
For example, “Ships and the Sea” looks like it will obviously focus on sailing. Meanwhile, “Hearth and Home” is likely to focus on crafting and home fortifications, while “Cult of the Wolf” is just a mysterious wild card.
So far, only PC players can enjoy Valheim. Iron Gate previously said they could port the game to Mac if there is enough interest. Sadly, there are currently no plans to release this game for home consoles.