Valheim has plenty to offer its players, but one thing it doesn’t have is a VR mode. Rest easy, however, as a modder is on the case to make Valheim VR a reality with a newly-released mod on Nexus Mods using OpenVR or SteamVR to let you play Valheim as a VR game.
Released today by Brandon Mousseau and uploaded by user “manicmoose99,” this mod allows any Valheim player who has access to OpenVR or SteamVR to play in VR with full stereoscopic 3D. Since most players know what “play this game in VR” means, most of the mod’s description goes into the development process and installation requirements. The mod itself requires BepInExPack Valehim, which is a mod framework for Unite games. BepInEx also comes with Harmony, which is used to patch existing methods in C# libraries. Players will also need an HMD that supports OpenVR/SteamVR. Brandon tested it with a Valve Index, but it should work with any other one that meets the requirements.
As for what’s planned, the mod doesn’t support motion controls just yet but will be available in a future update, along with improved GUI interactions. It should be possible to play this mod with other players, even if they aren’t playing in VR. Since Valheim wasn’t designed to be a VR game (for now,) it’s likely that the implementation won’t be perfect and may have issues with motion sickness. Again, this mod is still very much in the experimental phase, so expect bugs, and Valheim is an Early Access game, so updates to the game may mess up the mod.
Valheim can be found on Steam. VHVR can be found here on Nexus Mods. Be sure to read the mod’s page to get all the instructions for properly installing it.