‘Valheim’: what does this Viking action video game have to have exceeded the number of players of ‘Rust’ or ‘Apex Legends’ in two weeks
The figures are impressive. Some, so high: in its first week, a million games sold on Steam. At two weeks old, peaks of 367,443 simultaneous players in the last 24 hours on Steam, leaving behind competitors like ‘Rust’, ‘Apex Legends’, and approaching ‘PUBG’. From 8,000 users on February 2 to more than 164,000 in just seven days. Others are surprisingly low: in addition to its short time in the market, the Iron Gate AB team that has put it on its feet only had five people.
‘Valheim’ still has a long way to go: not only ‘DOTA 2’ and ‘CS: GO’, the two most popular Steam games, are far away (not so much ‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’, which it will possibly overtake in the coming days ), but his lack of travel has not yet borne fruit in another of the indisputable tests of popularity in the medium: Valheim has had peaks of 119,942 viewers on Twitch, still far from other titles with much more following like ‘Rust’, which goes through peaks of 935,587 viewers.
A Viking hit
Still, its performance and popularity is impressive in such a short time, and with the game still in Early Access (they expect it to stay there for a minimum of a year). The secret of its impact could be in its mechanics of action and survival in a procedural world. The Viking setting distances itself from more realistic approaches such as’Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla‘and plunges into pure fantasy, showing us a purgatory where there are other warriors recently killed in combat and with a large number of creatures to eliminate.
The game has also been praised for its ability to build structures, and for the high difficulty that throws the viewer, which makes it a game not particularly accessible, and that makes seemingly banal decisions, such as trying to cross a river or climb a small cliff, doom the player to a new death. From the absolute nothingness with which the game begins, without weapons or equipment, to the construction little by little of material, objects and places with which to defend oneself and from which to feed.
Unfortunately, the game is seeing its trajectory partially tarnished by a very destructive bug that they have not yet been able to patch and that completely removes progress in the game. Iron Gate CEO has recommended via Twitter to users to make backup copies of their games to avoid losing them, and not to exit the game by pressing Alt + F4, an action that seems to generate the failure.
On the other hand, Iron Gate has made public its plans to launch new content and improvements in the game for the next few months. Without a doubt, a title to keep an eye on if it continues to grow at this speed.