Ninja Theory's Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice Out in August, New Trailer Set in Hel

Ninja Theory's Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice Out in August, New Trailer Set in Hel

A Celtic warrior travels the underworld to face her demons.

Ninja Theory's newest game, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, will release on PlayStation 4 on August 8. You can pre-order the game now for $29.99 starting today.

In a blog post written on the PlayStation website, Ninja Theory Product Development "ninja", Dominic Matthews, reveals that after three years of development, Hellblade is ready for launch. To celebrate, Ninja Theory released a pretty nightmarish trailer featuring some kind of crazed chant as Senua ventures deeper into Hel to face her demons. You even get a brief glimpse of Senua cutting down enemies with her blade (her hellblade?) in the video.

"For those new to Hellblade, the game is the story of Senua, a traumatized Celtic warrior journeying into the Viking underworld of Hel," writes Matthews. "We have created the game in collaboration with neuroscientists as well as people who live with psychosis. We hope Hellblade is an experience like no other."

One of the biggest goals for Ninja Theory when working on Hellblade was to apparently reconcile AAA video game values, with the freedom of independent video game development. Hellblade was developed by a relatively small team of 20 people and Matthews says that Hellblade is a blockbuster title "half the length of a regular AAA game and priced at about half the cost."

I'm curious about how that will ultimately play out as I've never really encountered representations of Hel, the Norse version of the underworld in a video game. I also hope that Ninja Theory is serious with their collaborations with neuroscientists as depictions of mental health in media is sometimes not in-depth enough to do any real justice to its characters. Hopefully that isn't the case here as I am a fan of Ninja Theory's previous game releases like their action-adventure games, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West and DmC: Devil May Cry.


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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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