Valheim went live on Steam exactly five weeks ago, and it's been on fire ever since. Iron Gate's Viking survival sim rocketed up the charts, hitting 5 million copies sold after just one month in Early Access and surpassing huge titles like Dota 2 in terms of concurrent active players. Steam reviews for Valheim exude a palpable sense of awe and relief. Players regularly compare the feeling to the first time they played Minecraft, marveling at the game's scope, depth and atmosphere, and questioning how a team of just five developers managed to pack such an engrossing experience into a 1GB download. Valheim sets players loose in an original realm of Viking purgatory, a vast, procedurally generated world filled with mythical Norse beasts, high seas, hunting and crafting.
It's only been three weeks since Iron Gate Studio, a five-person team in Sweden, released Valheim and it already has a massive hit on its hands. The co-op Viking survival game has sold over four million copies even though it's still in early access on Steam. Valheim takes place in a procedurally generated open world in the Viking afterlife, where you start with almost nothing. You'll need to scrounge up food and materials and you'll craft tools, build shelters and fight gods and creatures. That all might sound familiar, but it's more accessible than many other survival games -- you won't die if you don't eat, for instance.
Valheim is Steam's latest top-selling, out-of-nowhere indie game, and from some angles, it sure looks the part. Depending on what screenshots you stumble upon, you might get some serious PlayStation 1 nostalgia vibes, with characters, animals, and trees that look straight out of the first '90s Tomb Raider game. This story originally appeared on Ars Technica, a trusted source for technology news, tech policy analysis, reviews, and more. Ars is owned by WIRED's parent company, Condé Nast. We've seen this before when it comes to Steam Early Access hits, usually because a game maker spends more time on gameplay and depth, not screenshots.
"Valheim," a Viking-themed survival game, has attracted frenzied attention from content creators and players with moments like these. The indie game, which was released as an early access title on February 2, commands a large audience on the PC games storefront Steam, at one time logging just under half a million concurrent players. Coming in just behind classic titles such as "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds," "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive" and "Dota 2," "Valheim" is the most popular indie game on Steam, according to Steam Charts. Its publisher Coffee Stain estimates it has sold over five million copies, at $19.99 a copy.
The world of the hit survival game"Valheim" is procedurally generated, which in theory means each player's world map is distinct. However, those looking for a more structured gaming experience can seek the help of a certain world seed. Here are some of the best seeds players could use for better biomes, resources and more. In"Valheim," players can key in a string of letters and numbers as their seed. Through this, players can share their preferred world with others. Seeds are case-sensitive, so players need to be careful when keying them in.