Valheim announces its Hearth and Home update for Q3 2021, a smaller roadmap, and an upcoming AMA

Also, be ready for Eyescream, Shocklate smoothies, and various wolf meats

    
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Regular followers of the Viking survival sandbox Valheim have probably noticed that new content updates haven’t really been coming to the game, with most patch notes focusing on fixes and adjustments. The devs at Iron Gate have now released an announcement that both acknowledges the matter and also previews some new goodies coming in the game’s Hearth and Home update, which is currently slated for release sometime in the third quarter of this year.

The preview in question is pointed out as not an extensive list of everything coming to Valheim, but what is shown is definitely interesting for the building-minded Viking including new darkwood roofs, new window hatches, and a variety of new cooking station enhancement items. On the subject of food items, the food system is going to see some changes to how stamina and health affects combat poise, along with more interesting food choices to suit personal playstyles. There’s also going to be some new recipes (Eyescream! Shocklate smoothies! Wolf meats!) and the ability to plant onions, complete with pretty onion flowers.

Circling back to the subject of update cadence, the post acknowledges that the devs’ focus has been on stability over the past few months, which is why Hearth and Home is being pushed back:

“We weren’t prepared for such a large influx of players, and this highlighted a thousand new problems and bugs that needed to be fixed urgently. Our priority has been to make the current experience as stable as possible and this has meant new content has taken a backseat. To put it clearly; we haven’t been able to focus all of our resources on Hearth & Home until May.

“We hope that one of the reasons Valheim has resonated with so many of you is down to attention to detail. We don’t want to launch an update that we’re not confident in, and that isn’t deserving of your time.”

To that end, once Hearth and Home is released, there will be a big Mistlands update afterwards, as smaller updates will be put aside for the time being. The devs will also be shortening the game’s roadmap, taking it down temporarily while adjustments are made.

Players can also look forward to an AMA on the official subreddit starting tomorrow, June 11th, at 8:00 a.m. EDT. A thread for players to ask their questions will be posted around two hours before the AMA starts, so those with burning questions are going to want to set their alarms. In the meantime, we’ve got a gallery of crispy new update images below.

source: Steam and Reddit via press release
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Dankey Kang

Not being funny here but the game has been out for 4 months now and there hasn’t been anything resembling a content patch. Me and the mates often joke about this game being abandonware, the promise of a handful of building bits sometime this quarter isn’t really doing much to change that.

Thankfully, the community has been hard at work fixing half of the stuff wrong with the game (like the crappy UI, inventory, inability to trash items etc…); they’re basically doing Iron Gates job for them, and for free.

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Dug From The Earth

When you make THAT much money off your game, you need to drastically expand your team.

Why?

So that you have the devs to work on all those new issues and bugs that normally wouldnt have showed up, AND, at the same time, work on expanding and adding to the game.

Kinda meh that they made as much as they did and yet the roadmap is very meh and scaled back.

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Dankey Kang

Yeah it’s disappointing to say the least. I was hoping they were gonna strike while the iron was hot, get a bigger team (with all the money they made) and pump out content for the masses. Looks like we’ll be getting drip-fed a mere 2-4 content patches a year at this rate.

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Lily Cheng

Judging by your comment it seems painfully evident you have no experience whatsoever with programming or software development in general.

If you somehow think that just mindlessly expanding your team the instant you hit big will magically allow all these new developers to immediately be able to fix all the programs and bugs on a code base and project they are completely unfamiliar with then I don’t know what to tell you.

While you’ve never had software development experience, you should have at least heard the saying too many cooks in the kitchen.

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Dug From The Earth

1. I didnt say anything about mindlessly expanding. Who even does that? When there is more work to do, you hire more people who know how to do the work. Thats how any successful business works.

2. New devs employees dont have to be hired on to fix bugs. They can be hired on to create NEW content. They can be 3d artists, story writers, hell, even QA testers to help there be LESS bugs in any new code that gets written.

3. For some reason you jumped to the conclusion that Im unhappy with how long they are taking to fix bugs. That is completely the opposite of the truth. Im unhappy with how long they are taking to add to and expand the game. The original 5 devs did a great job with the bug fixes and improvements. They SHOULD have hired other devs and team members to work on expanding the game however.

4. I am a developer, have been for almost 20 years. Not that you care, or I care if you believe me.

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IronSalamander8 .

We haven’t played in a couple of months. It’s not a bad game, but between RL issues and enjoying other titles more, I’m not sure if we’ll be picking it back up again or not. Friend bought it for me so no loss there really, and have a fair chunk of time invested playing with him and another friend who got it.

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Godnaz

Ive had a great 500+hours on the $20 I spent on the game. Their position is understandable and glad they addressed it once sales momentum has slowed. Looking forward to getting back into this once the 2nd major update drops sometime next year. I would like to see them hire more talent to bolster projected release timelines but that’s easier said than done.

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Slaasher

I am A-OK with a delay.
Bring us more good stuff guys.
Q3 sounds just fine

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David Goodman

To me, the best parts are the roofing pieces (Finally!), and the eyescream, which I assume will give me a use for the 400 greydwarf eyes you collect every 6-and-a-half seconds.