It was quiet around the popular adventure RPG for quite some time. After the big Mistlands update, the developers are finally back with a news update. Another area, the Ashlands, will enrich the existing Valheim biomes. In addition, the game comes to the Xbox, including cross-play.
According to a blog post by the developers, the new biome is officially in pre-production and will be very different from the previously known Valheim areas. Here you will not have to deal with small islands but a largely connected area.
While the previous development of Valheim took place mostly behind closed doors, the developers would like to involve the community much more in the ongoing development process. This should also give fans a better understanding of the time it takes to add, improve and extend the game.
First artworks of the Valheim Ashlands
As part of the news update, the devs posted two concept artworks showing different enemies from this new area: The Charred and The Morgen. The realm is said to send players to the Land of the Dead – a fiery hot place full of volcanic rock.
Besides a new biome, the developers are also planning other interesting things. They are working on new difficulty levels and a new gameplay feature that they call Hildir’s Quest. New clothes for your heroes are also in the works.
Valheim for Xbox, crossplay & cross-platform
The Viking game has enjoyed great popularity since its release in 2021 and still has a consistently high player count, according to Steamcharts.com. For example, the title peaked at over 127.000 concurrent players at the beginning of last December. Over the course of the last few days, it was played on average by about 50.000 users daily on Steam.
The game is already available via Xbox Game Pass for PC since September 2022. But you can also buy it for PC via Steam or the Microsoft Store. Console fans can look forward because Valheim is scheduled for release on Xbox in the first quarter of 2023. There is also crossplay support making it possible to play between PC and console. However, when exactly the release date is remains to be seen. If you don’t know the game yet, watch the latest Valheim Mistlands gameplay trailer:
Explore other dangerous biomes with your friends
Besides the Valheim biomes, a lot of other games also offer mystical locations that you can discover and develop with your friends. You can find a selection in our ranking of the Best Sandbox Games, Best Open World Games, or in our favorite Survival Games for PS4/PS5.
In which Valheim biomes do you like to stay the most? Let us know in the comments below.