A new update for Viking fantasy survival sim, Valheim, has been released, bringing the popular Steam title up to version 0.150.3. Developer Iron Gate Studio have had this one in the oven for a little while now, though this latest Valheim update makes some major technical improvements.
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In short, Iron Gate have changed the way terrain modding works in Valheim to allow for better loading and a smoother overall online experience. Here’s everything you need to know, including how to retroactively implement the new terrain modification upgrade:
The new terrain modification system is made to reduce the number of network instances and make loading faster and smoother. Technically it’s a pretty big change but hopefully you should not notice that much of a difference except some minor behaviour changes to the hoe and pickaxe and of course much smoother loading of areas with a lot of terrain modifications. All terrain modifications after this patch (using the hoe, pickaxe or cultivator) will automatically use the new modification system. For existing areas where heavy terrain modifications have been made before this patch we have added a special console command “optterrain” that basically converts all the old terrain modifications in the nearby area to the new system. To use the “optterrain” console command, you first need to enable the ingame console by adding “-console” as a launch argument for the game.
There have also been a number of smaller fixes introduced in Valheim update 0.150.3:
- Swamp draugr spawner location fix to prevent draugrs from spawning inside stones
- Lox pet-sfx fix
- Torches in locations should no longer support constructions
- Dolmen location stone size fix
- New terrain modification system
- Terrain-modification priority changed (Terrain modifications in an area should load before buildings, only applies to the new terrain modification system)
- World loading tweaks (to fix issues with ships and buildings getting damaged while loading)
- Stop server list download when leaving the start menu (to decrease network bandwidth usage)
- Lowered the amount of stone required to Raise ground using the hoe
Valheim continues to gather its throng of Viking survivors, the game having now sold more than 6 million copies on Steam. Still in early access, Valheim isn’t expected to hit version 1.0 until 2022 with plenty of new content and features still in the pipeline.