Viking Survival Game Valheim Lands on Xbox Game Pass This Spring

Valheim will give Game Pass subscribers yet another game to sink hundreds of hours into before summer strikes.

Valheim, the popular Viking survival sim from developer Iron Gate Studio and publisher Coffee Stain, will set sail for Xbox platforms soon, settling on Game Pass this March. There is currently no firm release date for when it will arrive on Microsoft's subscription service for consoles, but it is on the horizon. The game is currently available on PC via Steam and PC Game Pass. 

The news was announced as part of a recent Embracer Group earnings release; Embracer is the parent group of Coffee Stain and several other video game publishers and developers, such as Gearbox, Crystal Dynamics, THQ Nordic, and Saber to name a few. It was previously reported in 2022 that the game would be arriving on Xbox platforms in 2023. Now we have a better idea of when. 

Valheim was originally released into Steam Early Access in 2021 to strong reception, garnering some 330,000 reviews to date on Valve's platform. Those sentiments have been "overwhelmingly positive," according to Steam's metrics. It also released on PC Game Pass in September 2022. 

Valheim has received a number of updates and a major biome expansion called The Mistlands in 2022. At least two further major updates are planned to be added at some point, The Ashlands and Hildir's Quest.

Game Pass has several tiers. Both PC and console Game Pass subs are $9.99 a month, while Game Pass Ultimate, which also includes Xbox Live Gold, gives access to both console and PC Games Pass, and includes EA Play, is $14.99 a month. New members can subscribe for $1 for the first month.

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Published Feb. 16th 2023

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