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Valheim developer says Zelda and Skyrim were bigger influences than survival games

Valheim developer says Zelda and Skyrim were bigger influences than survival games

There hasn’t been an Early Access survival game that’s taken off like Valheim since… well, probably ever. With over 2 million copies sold in just under two weeks, and now boasting the 10th highest concurrent player count on Steam ever, there are now more virtual Vikings playing Valheim than there were actual Vikings at their peak in the 1300s.

For me personally, Valheim has reignited my love of survival games, so when I got to speak with Henrik Törnqvist, co-founder of developer Iron Gate Studios, I asked him if the Iron Gate team (which is just five people) play a lot of survival games, and draw inspiration from them.

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