Iron Gate Ramps Up Work on Valheim Hearth and Home Update

03/19/2021 - 14:16 | By: Robert N. Adams
Developer
Iron Gate
Release Date
February 2, 2021
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Co Op, Online, Online Features
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Valheim Roads, Take Me Home

Iron Gate has announced that it's ramping up work on the Valheim Hearth and Home Update following a weeks-long period of focusing on bugfixes for this popular Viking survival game.

Valheim has proved to be an explosively popular game since it launched early last month. The developers revealed the Valheim Roadmap around that time, but Iron Gate has decided to focus on fixing bugs before working on developing new content. Now, it finally seems like the tide is turning.

"A lot of you have reached out and asked about the road map," Iron Gate said in a Steam Community news post. "How’s 'Hearth and Home' coming along? Much of our focus has been on [playtesting] and bug fixing, but as things are calming down since launch, we can spend more time working on our first big update! "

As part of this update, Iron Gate released a cheeky teaser that, rather unfortunately, does not give us much in the way of detail.

 
 
Valheim Hearth and Home Update Sneak Peak
Iron Gate revealed this mysterious sneak peek of the Valheim Hearth and Home Update.

As best as we can tell, this looks like it might be some kind of statue. Judging by the bird in hand, this may very well be a statue of Odin as that particular figure in Norse mythology has a penchant for ravens. (Heck, you even get to meet his ravens in the game!)

More details on the Valheim Hearth and Home Update were discussed by the developers in mid-February 2021. This update is largely going to focus on new building pieces (one of which we're likely seeing in the teaser image above) and improvements to the game's cooking system.

That's not the only new thing on the way, mind — the game's composer Patrik Jarlestam is exploring releasing a Valheim soundtrack on streaming services and even on vinyl. He's a contractor, though, so that's going to require some negotiations with Iron Gate before something like that can move forward. They certainly have the money to afford some extra frills — today's announcement also included the happy news that Valheim has sold over 6 million copies.

Valheim Hearth and Home Update slice

When is the Valheim Hearth and Home Update Release Date?

There is not yet a Valheim Hearth and Home Update release date. Iron Gate has just recently begun committing resources to developing this update, so it's probably a bit premature to discuss when it's going to be coming out.

That said, there's still plenty of content to play in the game right now! You can buy Valheim on Steam for $19.99 or your regional equivalent.

What do you hope to see in the Valheim Hearth and Home Update? How many hours have you put into the game so far? Let us know in the comments below!


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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!