Update: The giveaway is now over and the winner will be contacted shortly. Thank you to everybody who participated and keep an eye out for more giveaways in the near future.
Valheim is the hot new game everybody is talking about, and with good reason. After launching on February 2nd, Valheim went on sell 3 million copies in just a little over two weeks. Just recently, the game hit a new important milestone by reaching 500k concurrent players on Steam. An impressive feat surpassed by only four other titles so far – PUBG, CS: GO, Dota 2, and Cyberpunk 2077. But is the game worth all the hype it’s been getting? Take part in our Valheim giveaway for a chance to find out for yourself.
If you have ever participated in other video game giveaways in the past you’ll know exactly what to expect here. If you haven’t, don’t worry because it’s very easy. You can enter our Valheim giveaway by completing actions in the widget down below. The more actions you complete, the more entries you’ll earn and the higher your chances of winning.
Valheim Giveaway Rules:
- The competition takes place between February 22nd and March 1st at 6 PM GMT.
- We’re giving away one copy of Valheim for Steam.
- At this time Valheim keys can only be traded using Steam’s gifting system. Should you win, you’ll need to have an active Steam account and allow one of FictionTalk’s staff members to add you to their friends list in order to transfer the key.
- The winner will be contacted by us via email within 24 hours of the competition’s end date e.g. March 2nd at 6 PM GMT, at the latest.
- The winner will be selected at random using the Gleam widget. You can read more about Gleam here.
What is Valheim?
You already know that Valheim took the gaming community by storm earlier this month, but why? Aren’t there dozens of other open-world survival games on Steam just like it? While at first glance it may seem like there are already plenty of procedurally-generated games out there like Valheim, the reality is that most of them don’t live up to their promise. Valheim does and, in fact, manages to surpass expectations at pretty much every turn.
Valheim was recently released in Early Access so it’s by no means perfect. Expect some wonky animations, overly simplistic boss fights, missing features, and systems that haven’t been fully fleshed-out yet, to name just a few of its problems. In spite all of that, though, Valheim is still extremely enjoyable thanks to the fact that, at its core, this is a very solid game set in a surprisingly immersive Viking-themed fantasy world.
Valheim is a perfect example of a game that tries to perfect the wheel rather than reinvent it. Most of the systems and mechanics you’re going to come across while wandering its vast open-world will probably feel familiar. Gathering, crafting, base building, exploration, fighting giant monsters; it’s all there. But unlike many other games that use Valheim’s formula, everything here just works™.
Is Valheim a Co-Op Game?
Yes, indeed. In fact, that’s one of the game’s main selling points. Valheim is very much focused on the PvE rather than the PvP, which is usually not the case with open-world survival games. This makes Valheim particularly enjoyable when played with friends. The developers themselves recommend having a party of anywhere between three and five players when starting your adventure. Of course, you can also set off on your own and find allies further down the road. The choice is up to you.
We are unable to offer more than one key as part of our Valheim giveaway, but if there’s enough interest we will consider doing more competitions like this in the near future. In the meantime, you can check out the Valheim forums on Steam if you’re looking for buddies to party up with in-game.
Is Valheim an Indie Game?
Valheim is the debut project of Iron Gate Studio, a small Swedish team consisting of only five members. A lot of people would consider it an indie game based solely on the size of the studio. In fact, even Steam lists Valheim as an indie game. However, that’s not entirely accurate based on the traditional definition as the game isn’t self-published. The company that takes care of that aspect is Coffee Stain Publishing, which in the past brought us titles like Satisfactory, Deep Rock Galactic, Sanctum, and most famously, Goat Simulator.
Coincidentally, both companies are based in Skövde, Sweden, but Iron Gate doesn’t seem to be a subsidiary of Coffee Stain. So while Iron Gate would be considered an indie development studio, Valheim might not be considered an indie game (depending on who you ask) because it is being published by a fairly sizeable company.
Fun fact, in 2018 Coffee Stain was acquired by THQ Nordic, the company behind the highly anticipated Biomutant, but it is currently being run independently (not considered a subsidiary).
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