Coffee Stain and developer Iron Gate Studio released the much anticipated Hearth & Home update for their Viking open world survival title Valheim. This major update comes after the tiny studio saw huge success with the game’s early access release seeing over five million players.
As the article title states, there are spoilers ahead. For those that want to discover the content themselves, you might want to read this article latter. For the rest, continue onward!
The Valheim Hearth & Home update is now live. This is the game’s first major update which also includes a new video, viewable at the article’s end, that shows off some of the new gameplay. From hot tubs to some new lightning thing there is a lot to unpack in the video alone. Also is that a new enemy threat?
Leading up to the Hearth & Home update, the developers released a series of video that explained cooking, blocking, food, and other game mechanic changes. Cooking and building received extra attention hence the updates name. Several new building pieces such as crystal walls, iron bars, and window shutters have been added. New furniture pieces that include different banner color variations and more importantly the blue iron torch that gives players something to do with the hundreds of greydwarf eyes one can accumulate. And if one still has too many there is always the new Obliterator which will make items be gone.
Food has seen a complete rebalance. Most food items now give mainly stamina or mainly health to make food choices more interesting. The Food GUI has been overhauled to work better with the food rebalances. 12 new items to eat have appeared in the world including Bukeberries that will remove a players food buffs. An iron cooking station is now required for certain meat types. Ovens are used to bake bread and pies. Plus there are a range of items for cauldron improvements such as a spice rack and butcher’s table.
In the world slimy locations and creatures can be seen in the plains. New plantable seeds of birch, oak and onions can be gathered in the world. All those tamed Lox now have a purpose with the Lox saddle. Yes, players can now ride Lox! Explore the world on the Lox and then use the new Cartography table and share map data with other players.
Several new equipable items are available for crafting. For weapons there is the crystal battleaxe and silver knife in addition to the bone tower shield and iron buckler. A special butcher knife weapon for butchering tamed animals can be crafted.
Auto-pickup is now toggleable. Graphics have been updated with active point lights and active point light shadows. Tamed creatures are affected by the friendly fire setting. Players can’t hurt a tamed creature unless they enable friendly fire or use the new butcher knife item. A more complete list of changes and additions is available here.
Valheim along with the Hearth & Home update is available on PC for Windows and Linux through Humble Bundle and Steam for $19.99 USD. For more information about Valheim follow @Valheimgame on Twitter or visit the game’s website at valheimgame.com.
Coffee Stain Studios (@Coffee_Stain Twitter) is made up of three teams: Coffee Stain Studios, Coffee Stain North, and Coffee Stain Publishing. Coffee Studios was founded in 2010 and is located in Skövde, Sweden. Coffee Stain North was founded in 2013 and is based in Stockholm, Sweden. Coffee Stain Publishing started in 2017 and is also working to publish games from other developers.
Iron Gate Studio is a new studio founded by industry veterans that have worked on Magicka 2, Leviathan: Warships, and the Titan Quest series. Based in Skövde, Sweden, the team has a track record for developing immersive worlds steeped in Norse mythology. Valheim is the studio’s first title.
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