Valheim devs caution players to manage their expectations for Hearth and Home

Hearth and Home will be like a "pile of patches" than a transformation of the game

A low-polygon Viking sits by a campfire in Valheim.

There are loads of changes coming to Viking sandbox game Valheim when the Hearth and Home update arrives tomorrow, September 16. The patch will be changing the way food works, adding new ways to specialise your character’s role, and giving players a way to vomit on command. But developer Iron Gate held a YouTube ‘fireside chat’ this week and cautioned players to keep their expectations for the update in check.

Rather than thinking of Hearth and Home as a full-fat expansion, the devs say it’s more accurately understood as a ‘pile of patches’, each adding useful new features and options but not fundamentally changing the structure of the game or adding whole new regions and activities.

Valheim, they explain in the video below, isn’t an MMORPG or service game – it ends at a certain point. It’s not the kind of game that needs to retain players by constantly adding new things to do and more content. That said, Iron Gate says it’s intent on making the “best version” of Valheim they can, and giving players more interesting options in how they approach combat, cooking, and exploration is key to that.

Here’s the full discussion, which the developers held while sitting around a campfire in Valheim’s Black Forest biome.

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It sounds like the developers are sensibly trying to prevent anyone from being disappointed with an update that’s going to do a lot of relatively minor but important things to enrich Valheim’s gameplay. We’ve gathered everything we know about Valheim’s Hearth and Home update in one place, so you’ll know what to expect when it arrives tomorrow.

Iron Gate says you’ll be able to continue playing on your current Valheim save when the update arrives, but they recommend starting a new game, since none of the areas you’ve already explored will be changed in the patch. You’ll have to discover new areas to see the new stuff, and so starting a new save will be the best way to experience all of what Hearth and Home has to offer.