A Mere Five People Made The Most Popular Video Game On Steam Right Now

And the genre was assumed to be all but dead and oversaturated. What did they do right? How did they defy the odds where others failed?

If you are attuned to the indie game scene, you have heard of the new hit game Valheim! Source, https://store.steampowered.com/news/app/892970
Steam Charts numbers for Valheim, as of Feb 22, 2021. Source, https://steamcharts.com/app/892970

From Humble Beginnings

What makes Valheim such a fan favorite this year? Source, https://irongatestudio.se/

The Recipe for Success

This still from Everquest 2 is similar to the graphical fidelity of Valheim. The “lo-fi” aesthetic that many gamers reminisce about! Source, https://youtu.be/hq58TmxpxYY
The main gameplay loop of Valheim involves foraging for supplies, taking down creatures, and building up bases of operation. Source, https://irongatestudio.se/

Conclusion

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