Iron Gate have announced that Valheim is set for crossplay, with an update now available in testing to ensure you can play with friends anywhere. This is great, as Valheim is coming to consoles next year.
They've been working with a team from Piktiv, to "make sure the game looks and feels the same regardless of what platform you’re using". For Steam players, nothing much changes but it does mean you will be able to play with others elsewhere when the time comes. For dedicated servers, the big change is that it will have an option to support crossplay but it remains optional and you will be able to use either an IP address or a special server-specific code.
- Crossplay support added.
- ‘Manage saves’ GUI added so that it’s easier for players to restore/remove saves & backups.
- Minor network optimization for in-game hosting (Less demanding for the host when other players are in the game at the same time).
- ‘Join Game’ tab has been updated. Players can now add favourite servers, and see if a server is running, and if they support crossplay or not.
- Players can now use the parameter ‘-crossplay’ while running Dedicated servers to support crossplay. When using this parameter, the backend will be running Playfab instead of Steamworks. (A ‘Join code’ will appear when you join a Dedicated server supporting crossplay. Players can use this code to join the server).
The update is in the Public Test branch of Valheim, and may therefore be unstable. To access it you need a password which is in the announcement.