Historians say that the Viking invasion happened around the year 1000, but it seems like they were off by over a millennium. The Viking invasion is actually happening right now over on Steam Early Access as Valheim surpasses four million in sales.
Coffee Stain Publishing and developer Iron Gate Studio just made the announcement in a press release that very few indie studios get to make. Along with four million units sold before the game is even done, Valheim has climbed to number 57 on the list of highest-rated games on Steam thanks to over 80,000 positive reviews.
Valheim also surpassed over 500,000 concurrent players, knocking out platform champions like CS:GO, Dota 2, and GTAV. Twitch wasn’t too far behind with a peak concurrent viewer count of 188,000 on February 22.
If you were to combine the total playtime of all the Vikings in Valheim, it’d be over 10,000 years.
Valheim is still in the very earliest stages of Steam Early Access, which means there’s way more content on the way. An early roadmap tells us that the first major update will be titled Hearth and Home and will focus on improving settlements and maybe some interior design. Next will be Cult of the Wolf, then Ships and the Sea, and finally a new biome, the Mistlands. And if we’re lucky, we might even see added multiplayer interactions, vendor inventory expansions, and added locations too.
We can’t ask too much of Iron Gate, though, since they’re a tiny indie studio of just five people. CEO Richard Svensson is too busy to really dwell on Valheim’s success.
“I don’t think I have really had time to contemplate it, Svensson admits. “I know that players like the game a lot, but at the same time, I think that I can make something even better in the future. I’m looking forward to adding more content to the game, especially working on the remaining biomes. Our current roadmap only reaches the next biome and we hope to have it done by the end of the year, but it might very well take longer depending on how smooth the development will be.”
In the meantime, players are finding plenty to do without content drops, such as building entire ports for their Viking longboats and see how far the abyssal harpoon can catapult Vikings into the upper atmosphere. Odin would be proud.
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