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Is Valheim Free to Play?

Is Valheim, the recently released Viking-themed survival game, free to play? Let's find out.
Is Valheim, the recently released Viking-themed survival game, free to play? Let's find out. / Iron Gate AB, Coffee Stain Publishing

Is Valheim, the recently released Viking-themed survival game, Free-to-Play (F2P)? Let's find out.

Released on Feb. 2, Valheim has rapidly attracted an incredibly large audience in just a few short works of operation. According to the game's latest estimate, they amassed over one million sales within the first week of Early Access. It has reached around 160,000 concurrent users and earned 124,000 sets of eyeballs on Twitch. Praise Odin!

Is Valheim Free to Play?

Unfortunately, no. Valheim is not F2P. Potential players will have to spend $19.99 USD on Steam to get access.

Developed by Iron Gate AB and published by Coffee Stain Publishing—a phenomenon this writer is all too familiar with—Valheim is the latest entry into the recent Viking-frenzy of releases. Players take on the role of "battle-slain" Viking warriors who have had their souls claimed by Freyja's Valkyries and carried to the mythological tenth realm of Valheim.

Now, with their boots solidly in the realm of their new afterlife, they'll need to survive as best they can by crafting weapons and armor, building strongholds and ships, and slaying beasts concerning to even the Allfather, himself. They'll need to find and work with other warriors to keep themselves afloat as "the newest custodian of the primordial purgatory" helping restore order to the realm.

So far, Steam has stated the game has received overwhelmingly good reviews—with 96% of the over 33,000 being positive.

Valheim is exclusively available on Steam for Windows and Linux machines. More information about it can be found on the game's official website.