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The tenth Norse world sure is busy as Valheim hits 5 million sold

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Fully expected of course, Valheim continues pulling in masses of new users with the announcement that it's now sold 5 million copies over the first month. What is it? For those living under a rock: a brutal exploration and survival game for 1-10 players, set in a procedurally-generated purgatory inspired by Viking culture.

Across this time more than 15 thousand years have been spent playing Valheim based on a combined player time count, over 35 million hours of Valheim was watched on Twitch, it continues rising up as one of the best reviewed games on Steam (#39) and this is all still from a five-person team. The actual player-count seems to have now settled though from the 502,387 peak 10 days ago to it seeing a more regular player count of around 350,000.

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This truly is now a complete runaway success. Iron Gate mentioned how they "struggle to find the right words to express our gratitude to you, the community" and there's plenty more to look forward to as this is only the beginning of the journey for the game. Some big updates are planned which we're excited to see land in the game, are you?

Note: they also recently released a fresh patch on March 2, here's the notes:

* Localization updates
* Made Haldor head-turn smoother
* Object network interpolation is skipped if object was far away, solved issue with network players flying through the air when entering dungeons & exiting portals etc
* Added -public 1/0 flag to dedicated server again, Allows players to host local lan only servers
* Join IP-button updated to allow for lan-connections (dedicated servers only) & added DNS support
* Dedicated servers use directIP connection instead of SDR, solves issues with slow steam relays in some areas of the world
* Bonemass puke-effect network fix
* Updated Dedicated-server PDF manual
* Prevent pickup items when entering portals
* Lowered wolf procreation slightly
* Lowered chance of boss trophy talking

Just like we did before we took a look back at the charts from LinuxGSM, which is a command-line tool for quick, simple deployment and management of Linux dedicated game servers. Since adding Valheim support, the number of servers has rocketed upwards and there's now over 2,300 servers running Valheim thanks to LinuxGSM (source).

With full Linux support you can buy Valheim on Steam.

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Botonoski 3 Mar
I played 35-ish hours in singleplayer, and am only just getting out of the bronze age. I kinda over-prepared for the second boss and he was a bit of a pushover as a result. I've been having a break from the game, I don't typically play any single game for more than sixty hours, and I'm already feeling a bit burnt out on valheim, feeling as if I've seen everything I need to see, but simultaneously feeling as if I'd barely scratched the surface and that I really ought to get back into the swing of it before I completely lose interest.
The thing I'm currently dreading is looking for more surtling cores, I feel obligated to find a few more so I can build portals and smelters and make the next stage of the game easier, I've found three burial chambers and only one had any cores, kinda getting sick of scouring the black forest biome, especially since the biome's name always makes me hungry for ham.
Termy 4 Mar
Fully deserved - i've rented a server with 4 friends and it's been a fairly long time since we came together to play a game with such regularity as valheim ^^


Are there any numbers yet regarding the % of Linux sales? I remember there being a "we reached out to the devs, but no answer yet" - has that changed?
Liam Dawe 4 Mar
Quoting: TermyFully deserved - i've rented a server with 4 friends and it's been a fairly long time since we came together to play a game with such regularity as valheim ^^


Are there any numbers yet regarding the % of Linux sales? I remember there being a "we reached out to the devs, but no answer yet" - has that changed?
Nope, no reply on that. Don't blame them though, can't imagine how busy they are.
Seegras 4 Mar
I played some 35 hours and am slowly getting into the end of the bronze age.

Speaking of which, how come it takes 2 copper ingots and 1 tin ingot to forge(!) 1 bronze ingot? It should be 3 copper and 1 tin ingot (in a smelter), and from the weight alone you should get 4 bronze ingots. And it's not like you loose material, unlike when smelting ore. And that would also reduce the disproportionate grind with bronze.

It's not really a "historical" game; progression is more or less gated behind boss fights; and sometimes ... well there are other idiosyncratic choices; like only being able to mason stone in the iron age. In fact, stone age civilizations like the aztecs did a lot of extreely intricate stone masonry. Or requiring bronze age technology for planting things.
WorMzy 4 Mar
Bronze is a PITA, but those who say it's quickly replaced must've been extremely lucky when it came to exploring swamps. I've played for ~60 hours and have yet to find any
Spoiler, click me
sunken crypts
BielFPs 4 Mar
They can thank the success of the sales because of two main factors: Multi-platform crossplay and the easy way to host dedicated servers.

Even I bought the game, and I'm personally not very found of "survivor games" genre.

So only kudos for the team, and I hope they can still improve a lot this success game.
Linuxer 4 Mar
Quoting: AnzaSoon they have sold more copies that there are people in Finland...

So then, The Bock Saga i just discovered is very appropriate in this concept!

https://www.bocksaga.info/
Praise Odin their mighty success is well deserved.
Anza 4 Mar
Quoting: BielFPsThey can thank the success of the sales because of two main factors: Multi-platform crossplay and the easy way to host dedicated servers.

Even I bought the game, and I'm personally not very found of "survivor games" genre.

So only kudos for the team, and I hope they can still improve a lot this success game.

Don't forget the price. Fresh release, popular genre, price is bit less than older releases roughly in same genre.
STiAT 5 Mar
With those numbers we gotta hope Odin stays on the ground.

While that kind of success and money is well received, it often leads to over ambition and failure.

Let's hope the world tree keeps him and the team well grounded.

Lets hope the norns are in good will of what Odin favours.


Last edited by STiAT on 5 March 2021 at 2:46 am UTC
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