After taking the world by storm via Steam Early Access around 18 months ago, Valheim is now on PC Game Pass. If you prefer, of course, you can just buy it through the Microsoft Store for £19.99, and it’s worth noting that the Microsoft Store version offers “full cross-play capabilities”.
Having already sold over 10 million copies since February 2021, it’s a hugely popular game, and to be clear, cross-play is currently for Windows Store owners and Game Pass players to be able to too. play with their Steam friends. Valheim aims to hit the Xbox Series S | X (on game pass again) in Spring 2023. This console version is developed by an external team from developer Fishlabs, while crossplay and MS-store compatibility is handled by Piktiv, as original developer Iron Gate continues to work on the first biome update which should introduce the Mistlands.
“Watching Valheim grow from an individual project to a multi-platform game enjoyed by millions of players makes us smile in disbelief.” said Henrik Törnqvist, co-founder of Iron Gate. “We hoped the game would capture people’s imaginations and forge memories that would last a lifetime, but it still feels a little surreal to watch it develop into what it is now.”
“Valheim was always meant to be a realm explored with friends.” says Albert Säfström, vice president of publishing at Coffee Stain. “We admire Microsoft’s efforts to connect gamers around the world with such a vast library of games available in one place – bringing the game to PC Game Pass and Microsoft Store is an important step for us as we move towards the launch of Valheim on Xbox consoles next year”.
Valheim is available on Microsoft Store and PC Game Pass and on Steam Early Access for PC and Linux.