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Iron Gate’s Hearth and Home, the first major update for the hugely successful co-op survival game Valheim, has finally been given a release date of September 16. The hotly anticipated announcement was made by way of a cinematic trailer delivered via Geoff Keighley’s Opening Night Live show that kicked off Gamescom 2021.
Valheim is one of the most popular games of 2021 (arguably the biggest new PC game of 2021), selling more than 8 million copies. Since the game was released back in February, the game has had up to 500,000 simultaneous players enjoying its many severed worlds. With the Hearth and Home expansion bringing a new food system, with spices and butcher tables to fit into your hovels, extra building options (new roof and window pieces among them), as well as combat changes to blocking and parrying that will indirectly link to your diet, the hope is that Valheim will prove to be just as popular at the year’s end as it was at the beginning of 2021.
One of the features we’re looking forward to trying out in Valheim Hearth and Home is the ability to show off your wealth. You can do this simply by piling up or stacking your coins, or filling up treasure chests. In most games you just have a number in the corner of your inventory screen, which is about as exciting as opening a statement from your bank. Displaying your riches for all to see is so much more vulgar – and in close keeping with the viking theme of Valheim, of course.
In related news, Valheim developer Iron Gate has announced that the development team assigned to Valheim has expanded by almost 50%, with a grand total of eight people working on Valheim, up from five earlier in the year. Big spenders, clearly.
Are you looking foward to the Valheim Heart and Home release on September 16? If so, maybe you’d like to invite us over for a meal in the comments below.