Valkyrie Studios was a North American development team consisting of former employees of Viacom New Media
. They developed one game, Septerra Core
(1999), before closing down. As the title was progressing into the middle stages of full production, Viacom made the announcement that it was closing down its Chicago development house. The team decided there was only one plan of action: form a new company, acquire the rights to their game and find a new publisher. Alisa Kober
, Valkyrie's VP of Art Production, explained the choice of name: "We really feel that it symbolizes the working environment. The Valkyrie were goddesses that flew out to battlefields and brought warriors who had fought and died with honor back to Valhalla, the home of the gods. There they could forever do what they did best, and what they enjoyed the most: battle. Our working motto is 'Welcome to Valhalla.' This is a place where creative people can come and do what they do best, without the corporate noose."Cathi Court
was Valkyrie's President and Executive Producer. Brian Babendererde
was the Vice President of Game Development.
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