Steam is an engine for building early access success and the latest to achieve this is the new Valheim, which hasn’t arrived yet on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, or PS5.
The good news is that plenty of other games have made the leap in the past, with the likes of ARK Survival Evolved finding huge success.
Other breakout hits from Steam have not made the switch, with Among Us staying firmly on PC and Mobile platforms.
So is there any chance that Valheim will be coming to consoles in the future, or is it going to be staying on Steam?
IS VELHEIM ON PS4 AND XBOX CONSOLES?
Developers Iron Gate AB has seen its Valheim survival sim go from strength-to-strength on Steam early access.
And for now, Valheim is not playable on Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, or Xbox Series X consoles.
So is a big release being planned for Valheim that will see it come to consoles in 2021?
It doesn’t look like Valheim is being planned for consoles in 2021, and the development team isn’t offering a lot of hope for the future.
The good news is that they aren’t going as far as ruling out, meaning gamers could be in for a surprise in the future.
A message from the Valheim team reveals: “Valheim will be released on Windows and Linux via Steam.
“A Mac-version will be released if there is any significant demand for it. There are no plans to release on other platforms as of the time of writing but we won’t rule out console versions in the future.”
Other games have made the leap following a period in early access, going on to build a strong presence on PS4 and Xbox One.
Much of this started with strong sales numbers, and Valheim has shared some exciting news on the subject.
A message from Iron Gate AB confirms: “This week may go down as the fastest, most powerful and biggest ever Viking invasion witnessed in human history.
“Why? Valheim has already surpassed one million sales in our first week on Steam Early Access. For measure, that is equivalent to roughly 8,333 Viking-crammed longboats heading to their next conquest!
“Not only have we surpassed our first huge milestone together, but the way you have all rallied your weapons and embraced Valheim has been incredible. In just over two years what our small yet formidable studio has been able to achieve is mind-blowing.
“We really want to thank you for the incredible support you’ve already shown us, with 160,000 peak concurrent users and over 127,000 peak viewers on Twitch on our first week alone, and this is only the beginning!
“Our inboxes are filled to the brims with fantastic feedback and suggestions and we are overjoyed to see how engaged our community is in Valheim’s development. We are currently hard at work addressing issues some of our players have reported to maximize the game experience for more vikings!
“We are super excited to continue working together throughout 2021, as we bring you tons of cool new content, improvements and … ways to die, through the early access and beyond.”
Other games have made the leap to Xbox next, using the early access preview programme to sell the game while continuing development.
The next stop is usually PS4, followed by the Nintendo Switch in some rare cases.
So while there is no news on the game making the leap to consoles right now, something could be announced in the future if it continues to build a strong audience.