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Valheim managed to sell over 1 million copies in the first week

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It was clear from the moment it release that Iron Gate was onto something with Valheim, their Norse mythology and Vikings inspired open world co-op survival game.

For an Early Access game on Steam from a new developer to hit over 1 million sales in the first week, that's pretty damn incredible considering the competition they are up against. By the second day of release they were already hitting close to 20 thousand players online, by the fourth day it was hitting close to 100 thousand online and they've since hit a peak player count of 219,465 on Thursday, February 11.

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We did reach out to the developer to see how the Linux sales went so far but no reply yet. They're only a small team and due to the popularity, they've probably got thousands of emails waiting so it's not really surprising. A lot of it was developed on Linux too, so that's awesome.

They've got a lot planned to come to the game through 2021 and perhaps even beyond considering how popular it is, they should now have plenty of funding to ensure it sees a long life. It's already got a huge amount to see and do though, it's definitely going to stay as one of 2021's best Linux games.

You can buy Valheim with Linux support on Steam. It's an easy recommendation.

Just as a reminder: if you want to hook up with other Linux players, our Discord has a Game Server channel with multiple people hosting already and plenty of regulars from our community joining in on the fun.

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TheRiddick 13 Feb
I still don't understand why this game is so popular, is it the large coop functionality? I also am not a huge fan of the retro fortnite style graphics. (and gameplay in the sense of construction and mining).


Last edited by TheRiddick on 13 February 2021 at 5:53 am UTC
slaapliedje 13 Feb
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I legit love Conan Exiles, probably the funnest game I've played in years, and the way the story line is something you actually have to find and discover as you travel around rather than force fed to you through linear story telling is fantastic.

My question is; how similar to Conan is this game? I need to play it some, I guess. Now that I'm done with work for the week, I'll give it a try (though don't want to be too distracted from Alyx).
TheRiddick 13 Feb
Valheim lets you deform the ground, and basically everything looks and feels very arcade like.
Quoting: TheRiddickI still don't understand why this game is so popular, is it the large coop functionality?
Yeah, well, when you start keeping chickens pretty soon you understand how important the large coop is.
TheRiddick 13 Feb
I gave up on coop random drop ins long time ago. Also I don't know anyone who plays games that I do so basically I'm a solo guy these days.
einherjar 13 Feb
Quoting: Al3sI bought it and after 6 hours I just can't justify the praise it's getting. I actually regret not asking for the refund while I could.

I think it is normal, that the game is not everyones cup of tea. I am sure, there is no game out there, that is fun for everyone.
I am nearly 40hours into the game. Even if it starts to get boring today, I got about 40hours of fun for less than 17€.
A good deal for me.


Quoting: Al3sIt does nothing new: the wold is pretty empty and bland, lots of grinding with extremely boring mechanics, combat is nothing special...
Building editor is decent, tho.

There could be more to be found in the world. But hey it is EA!
And there are some details I really enjoy and did never see in a game. The smoke of my fire has to be taken into account when building my viking house for example.
Xpander 13 Feb
Quoting: drlambI've read that at 1440P the performance really starts to tank. Vulkan's frame times are all over the place. It does not feel smooth all of the time. I'll be running at 70+ FPS one second and then sub 50 the next. Even with freesync the stutter is noticeable under Vulkan. OpenGL, while not perfect, at least doesn't suffer the same inconsistent/stuttery performance.
thats probably some AMD related issue then... vulkan works perfectly smooth for me (on nvidia) with good framepacing 1440p and all maxed, except blur, bloom and chromatic. vkbasalt sharpness on top of it. 80-100 fps most of the time... can go to 120+ near the water and rarey drops below 80.
It's not my cup of tea but i'm always happy to see a game with a native Linux version have success.
slaapliedje 15 Feb
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Now if I can just figure out how to get it running full screen in 3840x1200@144hz!
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