Earlier this month, survival and exploration game Valheim launched and has since been the talk of the town. Following a successful launch, developer Iron Gate shared what it has planned for the game in the form of a roadmap. Although details were slim, the studio revealed it had four major updates scheduled for release across 2021.
In a recent interview with PC Gamer, Iron Gate co-founder Henrik Törnqvist talked about what players can expect from Valheim’s upcoming updates. Each of the four numbered updates will introduce content to a specific part of the game. For example Hearth and Home, the first update planned this year will “focus on the house building” by giving players more options to decorate their residence. Törnqvist says the update is mainly centered around cooking and food preparation, but there are also “additional building pieces”.
The second major update Cult of the Wolf will focus on “exploration and combat with hopefully some some new fun and different encounters for the players.” Details are lacking on this one but I imagine more information will be revealed as we approach its release.
Update 3 Ships of the Sea will “flesh out” the ocean and sailing aspect of Valheim. This update will allow players to customize their ship and explore the seas. Following that, the fourth update Mistlands adds a new biome to the game.
“So it will be new enemies, new items, a new boss, new resources, everything, and that’s what we have planned for this year. So yeah, that’s quite quite a big task, but we will accept the challenge, so to speak,” Törnqvist adds. “In the finished version of the game, there will be nine biomes with nine bosses. And then we’re also exploring adding mini-bosses and stuff like that.”
All in all, a lot of content is headed Valheim’s way in 2021. The game is available on Steam Early Access and is currently sitting atop an “overwhelmingly positive” rating.