Valheim, the Viking survival game from the Swedish developer Iron Gate, has now sold over 2 million copies in less than two weeks with early access.
Valheim unleashes 1-10 players in a lush lo-fi, procedurally generated purgatory of dense forests, sparkling seas and snow-capped mountain peaks, and links them to a possible final goal of reaching Asgard. Before that, however, there is a bunch of collaborative exploration, design, construction and combat to be done, as players gradually assemble the tools required to defeat powerful ancient animals (and construct pleasantly homely cabins along the way).
Iron Gate launched Valheim in Steam early access on February 2, and its popularity increased rapidly. It celebrated a peak of 1
These numbers, if you’re wondering, have pushed it to pass such perennial Steam favorites as Team Fortress 2, Grand Theft Auto 5 and Ark: Survival Evolved, with only the likes of Dota 2 and Counter-Strike remaining relentless in simultaneous rankings . .
It also makes Valheim the latest in a growing list of indie multiplayer titles to enjoy sudden, massive success over the past year, joining such cases as Fall Guys (who smashed through the 2m sales barrier in their first week on Steam ) and Among Us, which reached a peak of 1.5 million players in September last year – is enjoying delayed success after a relatively subdued launch in 2018.
“Everyone at Iron Gate has really appreciated all the messages, love, questions and thoughts from all of you, so please keep coming!” Valheim’s developer wrote in his announcement of 2 million players on Steam. “We are so excited to continue working with all of you to reach Asgard together, and we will tell you more about the next one.
Valheim is expected to remain in early access development – where it will receive similar new biomes, enemies, bosses and weapons – for at least a year.