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Why Valheim wants to stop you using portals

Valheim is a survival game in which you grub around in forests for wood and leather scraps and steadily build your base into a towering castle. It’s also a game in which you’re a Viking who goes on epic voyages to distant islands for fortune and enough glory to ascend to Valhalla. Why not both, right? Well, one reason why not is that these two ideals sometimes rub up against each other the wrong way. Developer Iron Gate Studio found a particular pressure point when they came to design its portals, which instantly teleport players across the game world. “We…