Answering Valheim’s Frequently Asked Questions

There has been a lot of hype around Valheim in the last few weeks since the game has come out. With over 4 million copies sold personally I believe it deserves every single sale. I have been playing Valheim since I was given a review copy a week before it came out and after writing over 30 guides and articles about the game I would consider myself pretty knowledgeable about the game.

This post will go over some of the questions I have been asked and have seen asked around the internet surrounding the game. I am biased as I absolutely love the game but will try to keep this post as informative and helpful as possible without just saying how great everything is.

If you can see any errors, misconceptions or mistakes written in the post please either leave a comment down below or send me a message however you can. Without further ado, let’s crack on with Valheim’s most commonly asked questions.


Contents

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Consoles and Release News
Is Valheim releasing on PS4/Xbox/Nintendo Switch
Can I Play on Mac?
Is Valheim Crossplay?
Available on Android?
Who Made Valheim?
Who Published Valheim?

Game Mechanics
Is Valheim Randomly Generated?
Is Valheim Single Player?
Is Valheim an MMO?
Is Valheim PvP or PvE?
Is Valheim Co-op?
Is Valheim Couch Co-op?
Does Valheim Have Controller Support?
Does Valheim Have Magic?
Does Valheim Have NPCs?
Is Valheim Like Ark/Minecraft/Rust?

Technical
Is Valheim Split-Screen?
Is Valheim Offline?
How Big is the Valheim Download Size?
What are the System Requirements for Valheim?
Is Valheim on the Epic Games Store?


Is Valheim on Xbox One/PlayStation 4/Nintendo Switch?

At the time of writing Valheim is not on released on any platform other than PC and Linux via the Steam Store. There is no mention of any console release or plans to release the game on any platform other than Steam. This answer is available from Iron Gate Studio directly via their FAQ Page.

Can I Play Valheim on Mac?

There are emulators available for the mac which allow the user to use their mac computers as a PC. This is one of the most common ways mac user have been playing PC games. There is not currently a version of Valheim available for the Mac but the development studio has stated that they could make a version for the Mac “if there is any significant demand for it.”

Is Valheim Crossplay?

Crossplay refers to being able to play the game amongst friends if they are using different consoles. Pc and Linux users can play together via Steam.

Is Valheim Available for Android?

Valheim is not currently available for any mobile devices and it is highly unlikely that it will be for the foreseeable future.

Who Made Valheim?

Valheim was developed by a 5-man studio known as Iron Gate Studio. They are a small Swedish-based studio and Valheim is the first game they have released. You can view their official website here.

Who Published Valheim?

Contrary to popular belief Coffee Steam Studios did not develop Valheim. They did, however, publish the game through their publishing company. They have published others like Deep Rock Galactic and Satisfactory. You can see their official website here.


Is Valheim Randomly Generated?

Valheim uses a world procedural generation system similar to Minecraft. The player input’s a seed or value from which the game will randomly generate a map. Although the map is randomly generated and can be different every time the boss creatures, enemies and items will always be the same. There is no random generation apart from the world and location of different things on the map.

Is Valheim Single Player?

Valheim can be played entirely in single player offline. Although the game is best enjoyed with a few friends it is entirely possible to beat the game and have fun by yourself. Even if you start a character and enjoy the game for a while but want to join your friends later, you can take your character and all of their progression into another server. I have been playing the game single player and enjoy the hell out of it. Although I do like playing with my friends more.

Is Valheim an MMO?

Valheim isn’t really an MMO in the gaming sense of the world. Players can create and host their own servers and play multiplayers with friends and others. Servers are capped at 10 players.

Is Valheim PvP or PvE?

The main focus of Valheim is to destroy the forsaken creatures of the world and progress through the content of the game constantly upgrading and getting stronger. You can play PvP in Valheim but there is a setting in the options menu which will allow players to toggle whether or not they want to be damaged by other players on the server. PvP servers do exist already but the main focus of the game is PvE.

Is Valheim Co-op?

Valheim is Co-op. The game is made to be played and enjoyed with friends online over a server. Players can create and join each others server and fight, build and craft together in the game.

Is Valheim Couch Co-op?

Valheim can only be played co-operatively online at this stage of the game. We are unsure whether the game will be updated and couch co-op or local co-op will be included.

Does Valheim Have Controller Support?

Valheim does have controller support. The game actually works quite well with a controller. I was pleasantly surprised playing the game from my couch using a DualShock 4 controller. Although you cannot chat or obviously use the console with the controller.

Does Valheim Have Magic?

Valheim is based on Norse mythology and features fantasy creatures and ones that exist in real life. The player cannot use any type of ‘magic’ although there are forsaken powers which can be unlocked and used. These will make the player stronger in certain ways. There are also weapons that can be crafted which deal elemental damage such as frost damage and poison damage. There are no magic powers at this point in the game.

Does Valheim Have NPCs?

There are NPCs in Valheim in the form of hostile enemies. There is 1 trader in the game which can be talked to and that can be bartered with. This trader also has their own pet beast. Both of these are characters in the game. Another NPC in the game is Hugin the Raven although Hugin is only used to relay tutorial messages to the player.

Is Valheim Like Ark/Minecraft/Rust?

Whilst all these games share similarities in the genre of building, crafting and surviving rest assured that Valheim takes on entirely new systems and mechanics that happily set it apart from games like these in the same genre. Players of these games will find things that they enjoy in Valheim.


Is Valheim Split-Screen?

Valheim has no split screen capabilities at the time of writing.

Is Valheim Offline?

Valheim can be played both online over a server or offline for solo players. No connection to the internet is required to run Valheim.

How Big is the Valheim Download Size?

Valheim has a relatively small download size compared to most games these days.. The game is still being developed and the file size is expected to get larger with every update but the general download for the game is only around 1GB. This may be slightly more or less depending on your system specs.

Can My Computer Run Valheim?

There is a list of system requirements available over on the official steam page for Valheim. The minimum required specs are as follows:

  • OS/Operating System: Windows 7 or later
  • Processor: 2.6GHz Dual Core
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 500 series or similar
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage Space: At least 1GB free

The recommended windows requirements are:

  • OS/Operating System: Windows 7 or later
  • Processor: 3GHz or greater
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 970 series or similar
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage Space: At least 1GB free

My personal recommendation to having the game run a bit better is to also install is to an SSD. Using a solid state drive will always have a game run better.

Is Valheim on the Epic Games Store?

Valheim is not currently on the Epic Games Store. The only way that Valheim can be legally purchased is through steam.


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