Viking survival game Valheim comes to Steam Early Access in February

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We got our first look at the Viking survival game Valheim last year at the PC Gaming Show, shortly after which we declared it one of the most exciting games we'd seen during the not-E3 period of 2020. We were iffy on the low-poly visual style at first but it grew on us over time, "and when the camera pulls out, the secluded green glades and seascapes look lovely." 

That shouldn't be taken to suggest that the game is idyllic in any sense, though. In fact, publisher Coffee Stain emphasized in today's Early Access launch date announcement that Valheim's cold, hard world will kill you—often.


"Valheim is really tough. You will die, a lot. Your friends will die, a lot. But we hope we’ve managed to strike that balance between being needlessly brutal, and offering a rewarding and challenging experience," said Richard Svensson, CEO of developer Iron Gate Studio. "The world we’ve created is huge and varied, and there’s room for so much more."

Valheim will enter Early Access release on Steam on February 2. You can find out more about what's coming at

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