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Valheim's first content update, Hearth & Home, due in September

The popular Nordic mythology survival game is getting its first major content update this fall.


After launching into early access in the first half of this year and becoming one of the surprise hits of 2021, Valheim will be getting its first major content update later this fall. During the Opening Night Live ceremonies during Gamescom 2021, a new animated cinematic trailer was shown for Hearth & Home, Valheim’s next major content dump.

The new trailer follows the solitary journey of a bold Viking who has single-handedly slain the mighty Moder and now journeys back home. Upon his arrival, a lush feast awaits in the grand hall, giving fans a cinematic taste of one of the themes in the new Hearth & Home update: food! Valheim’s first major update focuses on enhancing the core base building and survival mechanics. Hearth & Home aims to give Vikings even more tools to create the longhouse of their dreams and cook up a feast fit for an Aesir.

Several features introduced in Hearth & Home have already been revealed by the development team on Steam and social media, including brand-new cooking extensions that introduce spice racks, butcher tables, and pots and pans. The new tools complement the reworked food system that has not only introduced new recipes but now gives players more interesting choices with an improved health and stamina system. 

The improved food system will have a significant impact on the core combat experience for players, allowing them to finely balance their Viking diet to suit their playstyle, while further changes to shields and blocking mechanics will give players even more epic battles for Bragi’s skalds to sing about. A treasure trove of new build pieces will also be added, including a literal treasure chest for Vikings to store their hard-earned gold - treasure inside a chest made out of treasure, by the Gods! Brand new window hatches and darkwood materials have also been previously revealed.

The fun kicks off on September 16, 2021, when Valheim’s Hearth & Home update is launched.

Contributing Tech Editor

Chris Jarrard likes playing games, crankin' tunes, and looking for fights on obscure online message boards. He understands that breakfast food is the only true food. Don't @ him.

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