Our GOTY 2021, Valheim, is now on Game Pass

The Norse-flavored survival game that took PC gaming by storm in 2021 is chopping down trees and slaying Odin’s creatures on Microsoft. PC game pass (opens in a new tab).

If you’re already exploring Valheim’s biomes, building castles and longships, getting into Viking business and so on, this is a fantastic way to make new in-game friends. Valheim’s crossplay feature will allow you to connect with friends playing on PC Game Pass and even on consoles. If you need help, we have a guide on how to enable crossplay in Valheim. (opens in a new tab).

Game Pass Switch Precedes Valheim’s Mistlands Update (opens in a new tab), which is still expected to be released by the end of the year. From what we know so far, the update will feature new wildlife, weapons, armor, and evocative ruins. Mistlands was originally due for release in late 2021, and we noted it in our State of Valheim 2022 (opens in a new tab) characteristic that the impatience for the new expansion is one of the few points of dissatisfaction in the community.

Valheim is still in Early Access, technically, but despite that tag, it won our top prize last year.

“Millions of people spending months absorbed in an Early Access game made by a small studio is the kind of magic I love about PC games,” Lauren Morton wrote in our Game of the Year award post. 2021.

With an update on the way and the ability to play through Game Pass, or at least invite friends with a Game-Pass subscription to play with you, now seems like the best time to enter Valheim.

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