V Rising is a survival title from Sweden's Stunlock Studios that sees players hunting at night as a vampire and building castles. It's sort of similar to Valheim, which is another Swedish-developed indie title, and like that survival game V Rising could be on the verge of breakout success.
V Rising only launched in early access a few days ago, but it's sailed up the Steam charts, with mostly positive user reviews, and tens of thousands of concurrent players. Since it's a survival game, it could be popular with streamers as well as it's genre favoured by the live-streaming crowd. Due its success, however, there have been complaints that V Rising requires an Internet connection. This complaint has been regular enough that the developer has now responded to it (via PC Gamer).
Although its Steam page description says players can "Make allies or enemies online or play solo offline" this latter feature doesn't appear to exist currently as the game requires users to be online even for solo play. Responsing to queries on this issue on Discord, Stunlock said: "We've prioritised making this available as soon as possible".
The devs added, "for those of you who can't play now because of this due to inconsistent internet connections or something along those lines, we apologise for the inconvenience this will cause. It's our estimation that offline play should be available some time in the next couple of days, but may be earlier".
Stunlock clearly wants to make sure players are happy since the game is still rising (heh). Last time we checked the game had reached a peak of 56,175 concurrent players, but in the past 24 hours this record has been broken. The peak now stands at 70,256 which was recorded in the past day, so who knows if this will rise yet further as the game picks up both word-of-mouth and media coverage. We at TheGamer previewed V Rising, although our features editor Eric Switzer wasn't exactly blown away by the game, but it can always be tricky to predict the next big thing.
It remains to be seen if V Rising can reach the levels attained by its Swedish cousin, Valheim, but the inclusion of offline play should be a help.
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