Valheim gets a first-person mod as the game hits 3M sales and 500K concurrency

    
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The star of Valheim continues to rise. Developer Iron Gate Studios confirmed over the past weekend that sales of the game hit another high, touting 3 million copies of the game sold as well as over 60,000 “Overwhelmingly Positive” reviews, over 20 million hours of gameplay watched as the survival sandbox becomes the seventh most streamed game on Twitch, and a climb up the charts as the 78th best reviewed game on Steam.

These new records are further reflected in another high water mark for the game’s player counts from this past weekend, which saw Valheim hit an all-new concurrency peak of over 500,000 players. Steam Charts has similarly high numbers but doesn’t appear to have pulled enough data to corroborate the new all-time peak.

“The Iron Gate team wanted to share one more big thank you to everyone who has already joined us on this exciting journey of mythological proportions,” writes the studio in its announcement.

If you’re among those enjoying Valheim but are looking for a new perspective while in-game (literally), then you might be interested in a first-person mod that lets players enjoy the game from the viewpoint of their medium-poly Viking. Modder Kailen37 does state in the mod’s description that it’s a work in progress but is also “pretty playable” and “fun.”

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Godnaz

Am still losing sleep/weight from playing so much. My daily average went down from 11hrs to 9hrs though. Group has already beat it and wiped the old seed and begun a new one world seed. Too much fun for builders and explorers.

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cursedseishi

Game’s doing something right at least. First open-world styled game like this in a while that has dug its claws into me since Minecraft in its beta days.

Unfortunately unlike Minecraft, I cannot just burrow into a hillside and just hollow it out for a home. Dug down far as I could, started going forward, and when a tree just… slipped down the wall I quickly realized that ‘mining’ a spot clears out everything where you’re swinging as well as above it.

… I did not stop. Cleared out a good spot, threw a roof on top of it, and all that stone from mining the ground out was handy to raise the ground around it so trees would fall towards the side harmlessly. Easiest. Two story lodge. Ever. Even got myself a fireplace going. Also no need for plotted pants. I got a tree.

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Sorenthaz

It’s apparently possible to dig into a mountain, but I’m guessing you can freeze to death without proper equipment/heat sources since it’ll count as entering the mountain biome. Also would be pretty hard to create a vent system for any campfires built in a tunnel.

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Arktouros

Game has a ton of mods at this point ranging anywhere from auto sorting inventory to unlimited building or even adjusting day/night cycles. There are of course the various cheater style mods that reduce weight while increasing stack sizes or allow metal to portaled and the like as well.

The mod that interests me the most is “Expert Mode” where everything is a 2 star by default as that sounds pretty challenging/fun, might check it out more the next time the devs do a big content update and add a new biome.

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Dug From The Earth

I hope they can find a good balance for stamina drain. Right now it seems a bit rough. Everyone I play with has the same complaint… stamina runs out too fast, and takes too long to come back.

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IronSalamander8 .

It can be rough I find as well. Food seems to help with this, but I would like it to be a little less harsh. Also having weight limit issues easily now that we’re mining metal. Hope we can get something to help out with that in future (or up the tech tree if we just haven’t hit it yet).

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Arktouros

There’s a few things that help with metal/weight but mostly it’s just a logistical part of the game that forces play decisions.

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Dug From The Earth

a sack you carry on your back would make sense for weight issues. Just remove the dodge ability while wearing it.

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Arktouros

Or something like a cart you could drag around or even a boat you could put stuff on….wowee what great ideas I sure hope they implement them.

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Sorenthaz

One thing that would be cool to expand on carts though is to add mules or horses or some other tamable animal that can both be used as a mount and carry a cart. Throw on mounted combat and maybe put in a later-stage biome with mounted enemies as well.

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Arktouros

The stamina regen is basically balanced around always having Well Rested up. In most cases this is not an issue outside of probably The Swamp. Keeping mats for a campfire so you can refresh it (all it takes is sitting next to a Campfire for about 30 seconds at Rested 1 to get Well Rested for 8 mins) is pretty huge.

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Dug From The Earth

8 minutes is a joke though. The map is HUUUGE and 8 minutes barely is a hop skip and jump away from any location.

30 min would be more reasonable if its balanced around that buff.

Hell, a game made in 1998 (asherons call) figured out that buffs that only last 8-10 minutes isnt fun. Making players have to stop every 8 minutes to refresh a buff, is just a pain in the arse.

Most of the games design is based around “Fun over realism”…. and for many, the current stamina balance isnt as fun as it could be.

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Arktouros

It’s 8 minutes that you can drop virtually anywhere at anytime.

You can increase the timer substantially at home with comfort bonus, such as 22-24 minutes with high levels of comfort. You can simply carry portals materials back to your home to refresh the duration instead of campfire materials.

“Fun” is an extremely subjective concept and generally why there’s multiple levels of difficulty in games. Personally I’m hoping when they add “Creative Mode” from their roadmap they make permanent well rested or unlimited stamina or whatever cheats people need to “have fun” and then leave the mechanics in place for the rest of us who can manage basic resource systems just fine. The rationalizations of why those simple to manage mechanics are “unfun” are tiresome as they are in every other game with similar mechanics (food, water, etc).

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MurderHobo

I find using the proper sequence of cooked food and the trophy buffs makes stamina a non-issue.

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Godnaz

Eikthyr (1st boss) buff gives 5mins stamina regen. Get 2-3 people with it and it’s almost unlimited. Well Rested buff from home and item building, lvl 13 and above give 22+mins of health/stamina recovery. Turnip/fish/stews give further stamina recovery. Stamina is an issue mid-high level due to armor/weapon weights but these options are in place to remedy this.

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IronSalamander8 .

Friend bought this for me Saturday so I’d play with them and another friend. It’s decent enough, only found some minor (and humorous) bugs so far, the food system is useful without being annoying, and haven’t found anything aggravating yet, which is rare in all these early access survival games these days.

Not finding it to be amazing, but certainly competent and having some fun with it.

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ghoulas

And there goes my dream of this title getting a discount :( Guess I have to buy it at fulll price. No a big fan of paying full price for early access product.

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Dug From The Earth

There is a good chance that the price will go UP when its released. Many early access titles are lower price because they are early access.

This may not happen, but it has been that way for many games, including Ark.

Im just happy it was only 20 bucks. Thats less than half the cost of a full AAA game.

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ghoulas

“Only” 20 bucks? Nice Now I see where all the raises in the game prices come from.
No this isn’t a AAA product so it should cost $20 at release and half of that for testing now this is what I see a fair price, shame that game dev’s are currently milking gamers like crazy and even smaller devs are doing it.

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Gipfeli

then don’t buy it now??
you’ll get your discount in 2-3 years after release.

dream on ghoulas, dream on!

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ghoulas

Probably by that time they will leave early access have everything patched and with new content, so I’m all for that. Not a fan of testing unfinished product for full price.

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Gipfeli

great!
win – win !

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2Ton Gamer

While I do believe that the content will soon be done for many players, the building and exploring will still continue for months and while I’m sure the streamers will swarm on to something else soon, the game should enjoy many more months of healthy play. I have no idea when we’ll move on, but so far it’s been a welcome blast of both fresh air and fun. We have certainly not tried to rush through and are still building like crazy. We simply cannot stop saying enough nice things about this game.