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Valheim Hearth & Home Update 1 Goes Live, New Gameplay Preview

Coffee Stain and Iron Gate Studio have just launched Valheim’s first content update Hearth & Home. The new update brings a wide variety of gameplay reworks system overhauls, item additions, and community-requested features that deepen Valheim’s core gameplay.

New food recipes, resources, building pieces, and crafting table upgrades await Vikings in the Norse afterlife, with more mysteries to discover!

Focusing on enhancing the core base building and survival mechanics of the critically-acclaimed hardcore co-op survival game, the Hearth & Home update gives players even more tools to create the longhouse of their dreams and cook up a feast fit for an Aesir. Vikings can get a taste of the new features with a brand-new gameplay video here.

While many features introduced in Hearth & Home have already been revealed by the development team on Steam and social media, not even Odin has spied some of the new features being added with the update, including something dark and mysterious that seems to spread across the plains.

Builders and architects will surely toast the gods, as a slew of new Darkwood and stone building pieces will be available to players at launch. Whether it be Darkwood beams and poles decorated with intricate Viking embellishments, a new Darkwood roof type, and ornaments, or a stone throne for those who rule with an iron fist, Valheim’s building system will now offer an expanded selection of pieces to spark players’ imaginations as they build their settlements.

Requested by the community, there are also some new features for our Lox friends, while players can name their pets to their liking to strike fear in the hearts of their foes! More highly-requested features have also been added, including map sharing between players, planting of additional tree types as well as a brand-new obliterator extension that can destroy items and finally tackle Valheim’s ocean pollution!

As the name suggests, the meat of Hearth & Home content is the new cooking and building features. Brand-new cooking extensions from spice racks, butcher tables to pots and pans accompany a larder of new recipes for Vikings to sink their teeth into. Deer, wolf and boar meat, jerky and skewers have all been introduced, alongside muckshakes, onions, and onion soup, while players can now cool off after a hard day of adventuring with a tasty eyescream!

The new recipes complement the reworked food system that gives players more interesting choices with an improved health and stamina system that lets them fine-tune their Viking diet to suit their playstyle.

A new crystal battle axe, a bone tower shield, iron buckler, and silver knife have also been added to the afterlife’s armory alongside balancing tweaks to bows and battleaxes that make different playstyles more viable and fun. Changes to shields and blocking mechanics add greater depth to combat and will make for even more epic battles for Bragi’s skalds to sing about!

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