Unless you’ve been living under some sort of figurative (or even literal) rock, you’ve heard about the Norse-themed survival adventure Valheim. And be it some of the most successful games on the planet or a “World-destroying Bug”, nothing is stopping the game on its way to the top.
After revealing a promising new roadmap for updates and DLCs, Valheim has now crossed the half a million concurrent users mark and replaced Dota 2 as the second-most played game on Steam. Its peak of 502,000 players isn’t more than Dota’s peak today, but it does still place just behind the reigning king, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Being inspired by games like Skyrim and Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the five-person team at Iron Gate AB did not expect a hit of this scale.
“We had a feeling that it would sell pretty well, at least to sustain us, you know.”Henrik Törnqvist
Henrik Törnqvist, co-founder at Iron Gate, said in an interview with PCGamer.
“But it being a million seller, and now two million seller, is something we could never have guessed. It’s quite incredible, and very humbling also, I might add.”Henrik Törnqvist
The game’s old-school single-player style with its RPG-like feel has probably been a big contributor to the game’s success. Its added subversion of popular survival game tropes like those to do with crafting and construction have also kept players hooked for hours.
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Developed by Iron Gate AB, Valheim is an online open-world Survival craft co-op game. Here, players will control dead Vikings and fight Odin’s ancient enemies and monsters.
In order to enter paradise, players will have to please Odin and prove their worth to the allfather.
The journey will not be easy as at every step, the danger of supernatural entities will loom. Players will have to venture out, explore various landforms, craft, and get stronger.