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Thursday, 25 February 2021
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 01:00pm 25/02/21 | 0 Comments
Indie survival hit Valheim probably needs no introduction -- on the account of it surpassing four million copies sold after three weeks into its Early Access release. As per our in-depth write-up it's a great game and feels complete even as an Early Access title. As far as Steam releases go, Valheim is something of success story and then some - passing 500,000 concurrent players, putting into the list of top played games on the platform.

Developer Iron Gate is no doubt taking it all in and looking to the future of Valheim. As for the milestone, the studio wrote, "When Valheim first hit Steam Early Access just three weeks ago, we hoped that all the hard work our small team put into the game these past three years would get the attention it deserved. Little did we know just how much Valheim would resonate with all four million of you."

Related: Valheim and the Triangle of Survival - Exploring the Early Access Hit and its Place in the Survival Genre

The survival game features a minimal yet striking art-style and a wonderful blend of exploration, combat, and crafting. This is one of those cases of success being related to the quality of the game, with it currently sitting high up in steam's Top 250 best reviewed games of all time too -- with tens of thousands of 'Overwhelmingly Positive' reviews.

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Since 2017 Steam's global active monthly users has almost doubled, jumping from roughly 67,000,000 to around 120,000,000 in 2020. This growth has obviously helped with the success of Valheim, thanks to such a significant install base (on top of the game's gameplay loop and aesthetic), but equally speaks to the evergreen growth prospects of Valve's PC gaming platform.

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Tuesday, 16 February 2021
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 02:56pm 16/02/21 | 0 Comments
Currently available to play via Steam Early Access the surprise hit of the summer, Valheim, has now surpassed 2 million copies sold. A milestone it surpassed in under two weeks.

As per this update from The Iron Gate Team.

In just 13 days Valheim has been purchased by over two million Vikings, and this weekend we reached a new peak concurrent player milestone of 360,000!

Forget longboats, we have now blown a 700+ year old record by boasting the largest Viking population in all of human history. For reference, the previous peak in Viking numbers was set in 1300 AD and was approximately 500,000.

Everyone at Iron Gate has really been appreciating all the messages, love, questions and thoughts from all of you, so please keep them coming! And again, a big thank you to all of you for helping us reach this ridiculous milestone in under two weeks of sailing onto Early Access.

Impressive stuff, as is the peak-player count. So, what's Valheim? Well it's a survival game -- a damn good one at that, even in its early access state. In fact to find out more you're best to check out our massive deep dive: Valheim and the Triangle of Survival - Exploring the Early Access Hit and its Place in the Survival Genre.

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See above! Early Access hit Valheim's two million player count surpasses all known records of Viking population numbers -- with the biggest being 500,000 in 1300 AD.

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Post by KostaAndreadis @ 11:12am 16/02/21 | 0 Comments
Currently available in Steam Early Access, Valheim is something of a hit -- currently nearing the top of Steam's most-played titles. A survival game with a dose of that Nord life, which got our own resident Survival Guru, Joab Gilroy, to ask the big questions. That is, see what it is about the survival genre that calls so many of us -- and where Valheim sits on his patented Triangle of Survival.

Which is now officially the way in which the genre will forever be referenced.

The Triangle of Survival posits that survival games can be broken down into three categories; Exploration, Crafting, and Existing. Each survival game — and by now there are a lot of them — falls somewhere in this triangular chart between these three factors. And if you can work out where survival games you like exist, you might be able to identify early on whether you will or will not like another one.

Think of it like one of those charts you might see during a business seminar, except far more practical.

Games that are heavy on Exploration encourage you to branch out from your home base, to look at what else is out there and find something better. A game that is purely exploration might be called a Walking Simulator — that is, all you do is wander around, discovering new things and learning about the world without worrying about staying alive or building anything.

Games focusing on Crafting give you loads of recipes and reasons to build them. You can craft anything from a simple axe all the way up to giant kingdoms, depending on the game you're playing. A game all about crafting would be something incremental, where you progress purely by finding and crafting new recipes.

And finally, games focused on Existence require you to live against the odds. You'll need to manage an array of needs as you attempt to stay alive for just one more day. Battle Royales, being an evolution of the DayZ PvP loop and generally focusing on a last person standing theme, would be games that are purely existence-based. The PUBG to the Firewatch.

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