On August 25, during gamescom Opening Night Live, Coffee Stain Publishing and Iron Gate Studio announced through an animated trailer that Valheim’s first major update, Hearth & Home will release on September 16.
Several features introduced in Hearth & Home have already been revealed by the development team on Steam and social media, including brand-new cooking extensions to introduce spice racks, butcher tables and pots and pans. The new tools complement the reworked food system that has not only introduced new recipes, but now gives players more interesting choices with an improved health and stamina system.
The improved food system will have a significant impact on the core combat experience for players, allowing them to finely balance their Viking diet to suit their playstyle, while further changes to shields and blocking mechanics will give players even more epic battles for Bragi’s skalds to sing about.
A treasure trove of new build pieces will also be added, including a literal treasure chest for Vikings to store their hard-earned gold – treasure inside a chest made out of treasure, by the Gods! Brand new window hatches and darkwood materials have also been previously revealed.
Launched into Steam Early Access in February of this year, Valheim has been an instant hit as players swarmed to settle the afterlife and battle the greatest creatures of Norse mythology together. A game initially developed by just five people, Valheim sold over seven million copies in under two months and hit a peak of over 500,000 concurrent players, making it just the fifth game to do so in Steam history.
This is shaping up to be a substantial update to the game, and should give players a multitude of reasons to dive back into the game and get their Viking on. If nothing else, the trailer they showed at gamescom perfectly captures the feeling of playing Valheim and does so with tons of style.
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