Valheim got off to a great start, and the open-world Viking game has since expanded into a new biome called the Mistlands and added tons of base-building and customization items with the Hearth & Home update. Now developer Iron Gate Studio has announced the next big biome in development – and it looks like players will be off to explore the Ashlands, the land of the dead.
There is no release date for the new biome, and it will likely take a long time to bake. In a blog post about the official Valheim to place, Iron Gate explains that he intends to be more transparent with the creation of the Ashlands. The developer is sharing concept art of the beasts players might encounter in such a location, which will be a large piece of land in the far south of the map.
While the Vikings will have to wait a while longer to explore the volcanic Ashlands, Valheim should receive further gameplay updates in the near future. The game is heading to Xbox in early 2023, with cross-play to bridge console and PC players. The developer is also experimenting with difficulty settings, for those who want their adventure in the afterlife to be a bit more taxing.
There’s also an update called Hildir’s Quest in the works, which seems to be focused on clothing. I will always welcome the opportunity to dress up more as a doll, and it looks like Hildir is a character that will help the Vikings with their style. Not only will there be more clothes, but Iron Gate is also implementing a way to makeover hair. Iron Gate is also working on accessibility options for future updates, though the developer is still seeking feedback from players with disabilities.