Valheim first-person mode is finally here

Up until now, Valheim‘s third-person perspective has made the game somewhat of an outlier within the survival genre. The introduction of an unofficial first-person mode, however, means that the gap is closing. Popular survival games like Rust, The Forest, and ARK all opt for a first-person view in order to better immerse players; thanks to the new Valheim first-person mod, the same now applies to Iron Gate’s runaway smash hit.

How to install the Valheim first-person mod

Valheim first-person mod

While Valheim remains a third-person game as standard, players now have the option to immerse themselves in the Norse setting by fully embodying their characters. The Valheim first-person mod is safe to use and completely free, all thanks to the work of a modder named Kailen_.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to installing the Valheim first-person mode modification on PC:

  1. Download the Valheim BepInExPack mod.
  2. Extract the download into a new folder — not the game folder.
  3. Transfer the contents of the “BepInExPack_Valheim” folder into <Steam Location>\steamapps\common\Valheim.
  4. Launch Valheim via the Steam client, then close it.
  5. Download the Valheim first-person view mod.
  6. Add the “Cameramod.dll” file to the <Steam Location>\steamapps\common\Valheim\BepInEx\plugins\ folder.
  7. Boot up Valheim via Steam again, then use the mouse scroll wheel to enter first-person view mode.

The mod is still a work in progress, by the creator’s own admission. It’s an unofficial add-on to an unfinished game without official mod support, so user mileage may (and likely will) vary.

Despite that, plenty of Valheim fans are already enjoying getting a new perspective on their Viking adventures. Some are even combining it with the Valheim Plus mod, which makes numerous general gameplay and quality of life improvements to the survival title.

For more on Valheim, get the need-to-know on its raiding system. Additionally, check out the 2021 content roadmap to see what free updates the developer has planned.