Valheim’s first major content update will expand your options as you build the ultimate Viking purgatory, adding new features and items to develop your bases in the open world survival game. It is called Hearth and Home, and is especially aimed at basic improvements, as well as adjustments of food that will make survival in nature in Valheim a little more practical.
Since Valheim has collected six million players, developer Iron Gate Studio has said that the main focus is on bug fixes, and the huge influx of players has been more than the developer expected. But right now, four major updates are planned for the game, with Hearth and Home as the first. Here̵
Valheim Hearth And Home release date
Back in February, Iron Gate released one that comes to the game while it continues in Early Access. This roadmap contains several updates for 2021, the first being Hearth and Home. The roadmap does not include fixed dates, but given that Hearth and Home was the first on the list, we can probably expect it sooner rather than later.
The question is how much bug-fixing work Iron Gate feels the need to do. Like the rest of the gaming industry, the team also works from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which may contribute to the time it takes for the new update to get out. That said, Iron Gate had ambitious plans for Valheim in early access, with several updates planned for this year, so it seems likely that we will not have to wait long for Hearth and Home to come into play.
What burning and home entails
Valheim’s first update is focused on base-building. While the players have already created some huge and impressive Viking strongholds, Iron Gate wants to expand all of these possibilities in a number of ways. We do not have exact details on what the update will entail, but the developer has said that the most important pressure is to add more design tools for houses. This means that you can probably expect more building materials, more types of walls, doors, floors, ceilings and more decorations for inside your buildings. Iron Gate also said that the purpose is to add “more things to do in and around your house”, which will be a nice addition given that right now you can just sit, sleep or cook in your base.
Iron Gate has also said that Hearth and Home will focus on food. Expect the food to be rebalanced and more food to be added, which will provide more solid combinations to keep you alive in the field and give you specific buffs, such as endurance regeneration. There may also be new cooking stations to suit the new materials. Again, Iron Gate has not given us much in the way of details, but we know that the update will give you more things for your home, so it’s reasonable to expect to make more cooking for more specific buffers.
What is after the fireplace and home?
Valheim’s roadmap is very thin on details, but we can get a sense of what else is planned for 2021 based on the names of each expansion. Here they are, in order:
- Update 1: Heart and home
- Update 2: Cult of the Wolf
- Update 3: Ships and sea
- Update 4: New Biome – Mistlands
Updates 1, 3 and 4 are pretty clear, at least thematically, so we can expect more to do on the oceans (and probably more scary monsters to face) and a new biome to explore, with all the resources, upgrades and enemies that . Update 2 is the one that leaves the most to speculation – Cult of the Wolf can be about things like Wolf armor, or it can lean into the taming system that already allows you to turn wolves into pets and comrades.
In addition to the four major updates, the roadmap includes some other improvements that may come to the game “if Odin wants it.” These are:
- Multiplayer interactions
- Match improvements
- Moon phases
- Expansion of supplier warehouse
- Svartalfr brigands
- Several unique places
- Sandbox mode
- Munin (who is Odin’s second raven)
With more than six million players having bought into Valheim, it is estimated that most of these upgrades are probably on the table.
We will continue to update this article as more information about the fireplace and home becomes available. With so many Vikings flooding into Valheim, it seems likely that it will not be long before the first expansion of early access.
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