Valheim is on a trajectory like nothing weve ever seen. The Viking-themed indie survival game has actually been shooting up the Steam charts, selling 3 million copies in an unheard-of 17 days. And people arent simply purchasing it on an impulse; theyre actively playing it, too. On Sunday, the video game reached 500,000 simultaneous gamers, according to SteamDB, leaving the charred remains of four other all-time Steam gamer count records in its wake.
As of Friday, February 19th, the video game had already passed Postal and Grand Theft Auto V to become the ninth most-played game on Steam at peak, now its exceeded the records for Among Us, Life is Strange 2, Fallout 4, and Terraria to reach the No. 5 slot, according to Steam Charts.
Its going to be an uphill fight from here: the 4 records it broke were in the 400,000 range, but the next record is the 830,000-player record Cyberpunk 2077 set at its December launch. To beat Dota 2 and Counter-Strike, it d have to cross 1.3 million gamers.
It seems entirely workable, however, thinking about how quickly the game has actually currently grown, and the way it can suck you (and your good friends) in once again and again. Theres a substantial arbitrarily generated world to explore and loads to construct and craft, with up to 10 people cooperatively interacting. Its enjoyable, and with a remarkably shallow learning curve and a $20 price tag, I d be amazed if it bottoms out anytime soon.
Valheim was built by a five-person group, however they tell PC Gamer theyll be employing up now.