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Valheim has a Beta with Steam Deck fixes, gamepad support, Frost Caves

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All aboard the Steam Deck hype train! You want more games being upgraded? You got it! Valheim has a public Beta now available on Steam with lots of goodies. To try it out you can use the password "yesimadebackups" in the Steam Beta menu for the game, keeping in mind that it is a Beta and there are issues - try at your own peril.

Here's the main non-spoilery patch notes:

New Content:
* Suddenly… Frost Caves!
Fixes & Improvements:
* Pause function in singleplayer
* Full controller support! (Gamepad legend and alternative glyphs)
* Gamepad text input when running through in steam big picture mode
* UI, settings and Steam Deck fixes
* FPS Limiter and reduced background performance
* Split dialog can take numeric input
* Signs can now be built without a workbench
* Bug fixes and quality of life improvements
* Armour stand now supports atgeirs and shield styles
* Nomap mode tweaks

Iron Gate notes that it will force a fresh "location generation of your worlds" so expecting a longer initial load time, and you might see bosses move a little. The new Frost Caves will also only appear in unexplored areas. 

Having a quick blast to see how well it works today and I'm genuinely surprised at just how good Valheim feels with a gamepad in hand. Really feels quite natural, and so it might end up being my preferred way to play.

Valheim is available to buy on Humble Store or Steam.

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Rixalabur 16 Feb
'The new Frost Caves will also only appear in unexplored areas. ' I hope this will change. Got a lot explored now.
Koopacabras 16 Feb
how do you test this on a server??

EDIT:Ok fine I figured it out

Last edited by Koopacabras on 16 February 2022 at 2:49 pm UTC
const 16 Feb
Gamepad Input seemed nice to me, but on Character/Level generation, I had to use my Keyboard.
Bought this game a while ago and this triggered me finally trying it. Must say, I'm hooked :D

Last edited by const on 16 February 2022 at 2:55 pm UTC
AzP 16 Feb
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Any performance improvements?
Termy 17 Feb
It seems they are finally back from their very long vacation and start to actually further develop the game - about time and very nice xD
Rixalabur 17 Feb
No support for a server yet. Too bad.
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