The new, big update for the Viking survival game is just around the corner. To get the most out of it, start afresh, say the developers.
On 16 September 2021, the rough Viking world of Valheim will become a bit more homely. On this day, the big update Hearth & Home will be released with lots of new content. If you want to experience everything the patch has to offer, then you’d better say goodbye to your old game world. At least that’s what the developers want.
Why a restart should be worth it for you
On the in-house YouTube channel the developers sat down together around the crackling campfire and talked about the update that has been hotly anticipated by fans. If you want to pour yourself a mead and listen to the stories yourself, here’s the full video. Below we summarise the most important things.
A little tip for watching: The automatically translated German subtitles on YouTube work very well here.
The developers dampen the high expectations for the time being, because Valheim is not supposed to “drastically change” with Hearth & Home, the update is rather basic work for the upcoming rebalancing. Nevertheless, there are many big and hidden changes. And to make sure you don’t miss any of them, lead designer Richard Svensson advises:
“I really hope that people create a new world and start from scratch instead of continuing to play with their old worlds. Because we’ve added and changed so much, so if you want to experience it all, that’s probably the best way.
And we would recommend it to you that way. I know a lot of people want to stay in their old worlds, but that’s probably not ideal if you want to see all the new stuff.”
For example, there are new locations in the biome levels, but they won’t be incorporated into areas you’ve already explored. You’ll have to explore a new area to find the new additions. Turning your back on your old home to find an even more beautiful one – that fits in quite nicely with epic Viking sagas. ”
In addition to balancing changes to two popular weapons, a very curious change also comes with the update – an ingredient that literally sucks. Hearth & Home will be released on 16 September 2021.