Valheim's Ashlands: A Haunting Journey into the Barren Wasteland
As they venture into the Ashlands, Eyre, accompanied by Valheim community manager Josefin Berntsson, explains the delicate balance between fun and fru...
As they venture into the Ashlands, Eyre, accompanied by Valheim community manager Josefin Berntsson, explains the delicate balance between fun and frustration in this new realm. With charred skeletons, both melee and marksman archers, haunting the landscape, players will also encounter a new menace known as Twitchers—the bane of their existence in this survival game.
Originally, the charred units were randomly scattered throughout the Ashlands' fortresses, but Eyre felt that something was amiss. To address this, they introduced the Twitchers, serving as the biome's "trash mob," akin to the Greydwarves found in Valheim's Black Forest. However, Eyre warns that these Twitchers are not only more difficult but also more irritating than their counterparts.
To this, Smårs responds with a mischievous laugh, expressing his affinity for games that teeter on the edge of being annoyingly challenging. He finds satisfaction in the process of learning how to defeat these daunting foes, overcoming the game's obstacles. While Twitchers may be on the brink of annoyance, they can be dispatched enough times to diminish their annoyance factor.
Eyre reveals his personal favorite creature in the Ashlands—the Morgen. This abomination of flesh and bones, adorned with multiple skulls and menacing teeth, exudes the aura of a miniboss. Its mechanics and formidable attacks make it a thrilling adversary, albeit a painful one.
As players traverse the desolate wastelands, they'll quickly notice that ash dominates the landscape, earning the biome its name. Eyre playfully jests that it's not called the Lavalands or Volcano Country, emphasizing the versatility of the biome. However, he acknowledges the challenges they faced in bringing it to its current state.
Sieges are a core mechanic in the Ashlands, where players can utilize battering rams and catapults to conquer imposing fortresses and claim the valuable treasures within. But be warned, these sieges are not one-sided affairs. Eyre explains that without proper tactics and teamwork, players will face repeated deaths as the enemies relentlessly hunt them down. The development team even experienced sieges on their own bases established outside the fortresses, adding to the intensity.
Prepare for a punishing experience in the Ashlands. Smårs predicts a high mortality rate, particularly in Hardcore mode. The thought of someone conquering the game without dying, especially in the treacherous Ashlands, leaves him both amazed and intrigued. The team expects players to showcase their creativity and resourcefulness in the face of these daunting challenges.
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Embark on this haunting journey into the Ashlands, where survival hangs by a thread, and discover the resilience within yourself.