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Valheim gets upgraded to improve performance and fix major bugs

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Iron Gate have now released the latest update to Valheim, their co-op open world survival game and it should be good for all players. This is not a content upgrade but rather a tech upgrade, aimed at just improving the overall experience.

They said it includes a lot of work on the underlying systems of the game, to improve game and network performance. You should also see improved loading times and smaller save file sizes. They said they "hope that these changes will be a significant improvement for some of you".

Here's what's changed in patch 0.216.9:

  • Midsummer items enabled (Maypole & Midsummer crown)
  • Many performance, memory and networking improvements for both new/unexplored and old/explored worlds
  • World save file size greatly reduced
  • Fixed endless loading of save manager when switching tabs too fast
  • World save files that are corrupt, have load errors or have missing meta files can now be restored from the most recent backup directly from within the Select World menu by pressing the "Start" button.
  • Save file stability & issues fixed
  • Decreased load times in the Manage Saves menu.
  • Fixed a bug that would cause the GUI to not update when deleting the bottommost backup in the Manage Saves menu.
  • An automatic backup is made when starting a world in a new version, and a permanent backup is created when loading into a new world version
  • Fixed a world load issue between versions. (You can no longer load into a world from a game version that is newer than your current game version)
  • Fixed hitbox issue for close combat and spear throwing issue
  • Minimap pin input fixed on steam deck & big picture mode
  • Minimap text input fix for certain Asian languages

Valheim is available to buy on Humble Store or Steam. It has Native Linux support and it is Steam Deck Verified. If you missed it they also recently went over their stance on paid mods.

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Psychogun_Cobra Jun 12, 2023
This update breaks portal mods
Difficult to test these improvements that way
ljrk Jun 12, 2023
After having played some Tiny Life, the Valheim character generator feels so awkwardly clunky and unnecessarily gendered :/ I really have a hard time enjoying that part of the game (or using my character) with next to no flexibility and such a rigid system. Either you're a completely buff guy or a (comparatively slender) girl with noticeable boobs. Buff girl? Slender dude? Something inbetwixt? No luck :(
Izaic Jun 12, 2023
Quoting: ljrkAfter having played some Tiny Life, the Valheim character generator feels so awkwardly clunky and unnecessarily gendered :/ I really have a hard time enjoying that part of the game (or using my character) with next to no flexibility and such a rigid system. Either you're a completely buff guy or a (comparatively slender) girl with noticeable boobs. Buff girl? Slender dude? Something inbetwixt? No luck :(

I'm sorry, but it's just sad that you are having trouble enjoying the game simply because your character isn't your ideal. Use your imagination and just enjoy the gameplay. If you're playing minecraft are you going to enjoy it less because your character is blocky instead of big muscled womanly stature? That's just stupid.
Izaic Jun 12, 2023
Quoting: Psychogun_CobraThis update breaks portal mods
Difficult to test these improvements that way

That's probably why they don't officially support mods. Every game update can break support for existing mods.
ljrk Jun 12, 2023
Quoting: Izaic
Quoting: ljrkAfter having played some Tiny Life, the Valheim character generator feels so awkwardly clunky and unnecessarily gendered :/ I really have a hard time enjoying that part of the game (or using my character) with next to no flexibility and such a rigid system. Either you're a completely buff guy or a (comparatively slender) girl with noticeable boobs. Buff girl? Slender dude? Something inbetwixt? No luck :(

I'm sorry, but it's just sad that you are having trouble enjoying the game simply because your character isn't your ideal. Use your imagination and just enjoy the gameplay. If you're playing minecraft are you going to enjoy it less because your character is blocky instead of big muscled womanly stature? That's just stupid.

Well, so it is, I find it more stupid that you're completely missing the point, your bad analogy to MC just underlines that more.
Grogan Jun 12, 2023
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I can't play this game. It took me 3 restarts to even get a world where I could get a toe hold without being relentlessly chased by pigs I can't fight, with no wood around.

The promise of an easier mode from the devs (read it in a steam forum thread) is what kept me from refunding this. Otherwise, I'm not going to get to see much of this game. (it goes from hand to mouth, to castles in the sky but I'd never get past building a lean-to in my current game)

I'll keep checking it, but in its current state it's not for me. I wanted to like it, but jeeze... throw a geezer a bone, will you?
officernice Jun 13, 2023
Looks great, even though I never like these kinds of games. Let's see how it looks after early access. :)
shibuya Jun 13, 2023
I am still waiting for ninja representation in valheim or it continues to sit on the shelf for me. Vanilla not modded, no concessions.
LungDrago Jun 13, 2023
Quoting: GroganI can't play this game. It took me 3 restarts to even get a world where I could get a toe hold without being relentlessly chased by pigs I can't fight, with no wood around.

Valheim has some moments that will catch people unaware and unprepared by design. When you're new, you're going to be killed by the first troll, by the first trip into the swamp and such. Dying in that sense is a part of the game. But I find it difficult to imagine that the early game, where you're mostly dealing with deer that just run away, boars that attack once then run away and greylings that attack very slowly would pose a problem to anyone. What is the seed you've been playing, man?! Even the "hardcore" starts on tiny islands tend to have enough wood to build a raft and get out of there.
Grogan Jun 13, 2023
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Boars were relentlessly pursuing me, absolutely relentlessly. There was no safe place to avoid them, there were no branches around. In two world generations. When I died, I'd have maybe 20 seconds before I'd start getting attacked by boars again. In the third one, the boars were nowhere to be seen, there was wood all over the place. Those greyling enemies were no problem, I can just beat them up.

I also don't like that you lose all your stuff and start over when you die. That's something they said they were considering for the easier mode.

I don't know what seed it is, it was whatever seed it used, I didn't choose anything. I don't care to play that game again until they fix it.

I find that to be common behaviour for procedurally generated "survival" games. You may not get a viable world to get the game off the ground and you may have to regenerate it. "Sir You are Being Hunted" and "We Happy Few" both did that to me.

This is also an unfinished game.
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