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Valheim Hits 5 Million Copies Sold as Patch Aims to Reduce Latency

Poorna Shankar Posted:
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The latest patch for Valheim aims to reduce latency through better server direct connections.

Moving forward, Valheim will use direct connections, called Steam Datagram Relay (SDR). You can enable private servers by typing “-public 0” in the server command line. You’ll only be able to join private servers using the “Join IP” button which was added in a previous patch. Hopefully, this patch reduces latency.

The patch includes several other improvements and fixes including:

  • Localization updates
  • Made Haldor head-turn smoother
  • Object network interpolation is skipped if object was far away, solved issue with network players flying through the air when entering dungeons & exiting portals etc
  • Added -public 1/0 flag to dedicated server again, Allows players to host local lan only servers
  • Join IP-button updated to allow for lan-connections (dedicated servers only) & added DNS support
  • Dedicated servers use directIP connection instead of SDR, solves issues with slow steam relays in some areas of the world
  • Bonemass puke-effect network fix
  • Updated Dedicated-server PDF manual
  • Prevent pickup items when entering portals
  • Lowered wolf procreation slightly
  • Lowered chance of boss trophy talking

Additionally, the team announced just earlier that Valheim has crossed 5 million copies sold. This resulted in over 15,000 years playing the game with over 35 million hours watched on Twitch. The team teased "exciting new milestones" for 2021 as Valheim continues its charge. 


Poorna Shankar

A highly opinionated avid PC gamer, Poorna blindly panics with his friends in various multiplayer games, much to the detriment of his team. Constantly questioning industry practices and a passion for technological progress drive his love for the video game industry. He pulls no punches and tells it like he sees it. He runs a podcast, Gaming The Industry, with fellow writer, Joseph Bradford, discussing industry practices and their effects on consumers.