Valheim Inspired Nightingale According To Ex-Mass Effect Developer

Nightingale seems to be inspired by Valheim, according to an interview.
Nightingale Man On Cliff Looking At Horizon
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Inflexion Games, led by former Mass Effect veteran Aaryn Flynn, is developing a new co-op survival game called Nightingale. This game draws inspiration from Valheim, as a recent interview with Games Radar mentioned. Flynn, who worked on the Mass Effect series, shared insights into Nightingale’s design choices and how Valheim influenced the development process.

According to the interview, Nightingale sets itself apart in the survival genre by focusing on PvE gameplay rather than the more common PvP approach. Flynn pointed out that Inflexion Games aims to create a compelling cooperative experience inspired by Valheim’s success in offering an approachable and engaging gameplay.

Before Valheim’s popularity, established titles like Ark, Scum, and Conan Exiles dominated the survival crafting landscape. Flynn highlighted Valheim as an example of how an accessible survival game can be crafted, balancing ease of learning with depth for experienced players. Inflexion Games aims to replicate this quality in Nightingale.

“Valheim is a particularly distinct world. We had settled on the Victorian idea quite a while ago. We like the balance between the contemporary, without the trappings of modern day stuff. Creatively it energized our team. Yeah, I like the sound of that. I’d like to push myself to make cool things in that world and challenge myself.”

Aaryn Flynn

Valheim’s world design also had a significant impact on Nightingale’s development. Flynn expressed enthusiasm for the Victorian-fae realm aesthetic, energizing and pushing the team creatively. He contrasted this with the overused modern settings, emphasizing the potential of the Victorian era for exciting world-building.

The decision to prioritize PvE gameplay in Nightingale stemmed from artistic inspiration and a conscious choice to avoid the pressure of replicating successful PvP titles. This focus allowed the developers to invest more time and effort into refining other aspects of the game.

Whether Nightingale can capture the magic that Valheim did remains to be seen, but its development choices make me think there’s a bright future for the game. Make sure to check out our countdown if you’re wondering when you can play the game!

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