Ninja Theory Teases New Game About "Mental Terror," Project: Mara

Ninja Theory Teases New Game About "Mental Terror," Project: Mara

Ninja Theory is diving deeper into mental health issues and games.

Since joining Xbox Game Studios, Ninja Theory has been developing a number of different games. Today, the studio adds another to the docket: a spooky experimental title called Project: Mara.

In an Xbox Wire post, Ninja Theory says Project: Mara will be a "real-world and grounded" representation of mental terror, based on real lived experiences and research. It's meant to recreate horrors of the mind as accurately as possible, and seems a little similar to Ninja Theory's exploration of mental health in Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice.

Project: Mara also seems incredibly akin to P.T., both in the striking visuals of the various rooms and the creepy face that appears near the end of the teaser. This could be very haunting, if done well.

Ninja Theory doesn't just have Project: Mara, though. The studio is also working on Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2, a sequel to the first Hellblade and the game that led the Xbox Series X reveal at this year's Game Awards. It's also working on The Insight Project, a collaborative effort to study mental suffering, as well as the multiplayer brawler Bleeding Edge.

It might seem like a lot, but it doesn't sound like Ninja Theory is expanding too far; in a development diary, co-founder Tameem Antoniades says that while several teams are working within Ninja Theory, no one team will be larger than your typical major studio. It echoes sentiments from Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart on his own company's acquisition by Microsoft that the RPG maker wouldn't be expanding too much in spite of becoming an Xbox Game Studio.

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