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Valheim

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Coffee Stain Publishing
Developer: Iron Gate Studios

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'Valheim' Surpasses 7 Million Early Access Units Sold

by Rainier on April 21, 2021 @ 6:57 a.m. PDT

Valheim is an exploration and survival game set in a procedurally generated world, offering players unlimited freedom to build and live the saga of their dreams, cooperatively or alone.

Are you worthy of entering Valhalla? You have been sent to Valheim, the 10th Norse world. Only by defeating the mighty beasts of these lands will you win the favor of the gods. This quest will take you to the far reaches of this world, from the deepest forest to the highest mountain peak.

Valheim is an open-world exploration survival game set in a vast procedurally-generated purgatory inspired by norse mythology and viking culture. Players are tasked with taking back the realm from the ancient enemies of Odin, building mead halls and castles, crafting weapons and armour, and sailing the seas in search of new horizons and win the favor of the gods.

Valheim is a game about exploring a huge fantasy world inspired by norse mythology and viking culture. You start your adventure at the relatively peaceful center of Valheim. The further from the center you travel, the more challenging the world becomes. But you will also find more valuable materials that you can use to craft deadlier weapons and sturdier armor. You will also build your own viking strongholds and outposts all over the world. Eventually you will build a mighty longship and sail the great oceans in search of exotic lands … but be wary of sailing too far...

Valheim is a huge procedurally-generated world, inviting players to explore lush forests, snow-topped mountain ranges and mystical meadows, all presented in striking Lo-Fi graphics. Valheim offers a dodge & block based combat system with a wide range of weapons for deathless vikings to battle primordial bosses of myth and legend. The viking adventure is playable solo, or with up to nine friends as no one wants to repeatedly face death alone. Between deaths, Valheim offers a flexible house and base building system, intuitive item crafting and ship building, and dedicated servers.

Valheim is now available through Steam Early Access for $19.99.

Valheim has reached a new milestone with 7 million sold copies and Lisa is constantly impressed by the creativity among the players when it comes to the bases built in the game.

"We've seen spaceships, such as the Millennium Falcon from StarWars, wizard towers, huge castles and a Taco Bell" says Lisa Kolfjord, Community Manager at Iron Gate Studio.

Lisa Kolfjord grew up in Southern Sweden in Malmö and has had an interest in games since an early age. At the age of 14, she started calling herself a gamer and became involved in different communities. During high school, the interest in working with game development to work with grew after a friend started studying game design.

It wasn’t obvious at first that she would start studying animation at the University of Skövde. It was when David Gaider, Narrative Designer and Writer, and a person who Lisa looked up to, announced on Twitter that he would speak at Sweden Game Conference in 2016 that she visited Skövde for the first time.

"I bought tickets to Sweden Game Conference and went there to listen to David. It was at the conference I met game development students from the University of Skövde that told me about the programs and Skövde as a city, which made me go home and read more about the school. That's how it became obvious to me that I was going to start studying animation there" says Lisa.

Experience for a lifetime

The possibility of starting your own business through Science Park Skövde's startup program was something that Lisa and two of her classmates talked about six months before it became a reality.

"It was a very good startup program, and the coaches did their best based on the situation with the pandemic. Having been part of the startup program gave me experience that I will take with me for a long time to come.”

While Lisa was on the startup program, she was searching for a part-time job. That's how she got in touch with Iron Gate Studio. But instead of a part-time job, she was offered a full-time position as Community Manager.

"I don't regret that today, given the journey we at Iron Gate Studios have been through" she says.

185,000 members

A few months later, it was time to release Valheim in Early Access on Steam. The response from the players was massive. In the first month, more than 5 million copies were sold and positive reviews poured in.

"We had over 5,000 community members before we released Valheim and expected it to double. After a month, we had more than 100,000 members, which meant some overtime for me in the first few weeks" says Lisa.

Today they have over 185,000 members on Discord and are constantly trying to interact with the players.

"During Easter we had a competition where they got to paint Easter eggs with a Valheim theme, which was appreciated," says Lisa.

Expanding team

The team at Iron Gate Studios will grow at the same time as several updates are coming up.

"The next step is a major content update, which is what we are working on right now. Then there are other updates that we're working on, such as new areas and bosses. We are also reviewing job applications that have recieved, so the team will expand soon" says Lisa.

Key features:

  • Huge procedural world - explore and inhabit mystical lands, from imposing forests to vast snow topped mountain ranges and stunning meadows, complete with their own creatures of legend and wildlife to hunt and battle
  • Flexible house and base building system - raise mead halls, farms, settlements outposts, castles and more.
  • Intuitive item crafting - forge weapons and armour and craft food and mead worthy of skaldic verse
  • Dodge & block based combat system with a wide range of weapons
  • Build & sail ships - from Knarrs to imposing warships, build legendary vessels to traverse the seas and discover new lands
  • Multiplayer (with focus on cooperation) - Valheim supports independent, player-hosted servers and unlimited world creation.
  • Defeat bosses & collect trophies to progress and craft new powerful items

Valheim is in development for PC (Steam).


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