Ninja Theory‘s Hellblade is one creepy, eerie game. Its concept art hints monsters with nasty, toothy lumps for heads, there are multi-headed horses and one location features giant melting women. For crying out loud, the game’s announcement trailer saw the protagonist Senua take part in a blood sacrifice for some sort of unseen evil.
It obviously wouldn’t make the slightest bit of a sense then if Hellblade‘s battles had the Benny Hill theme tune overlayed on top of them (though I hope to God someone makes that video edit once the game’s out) and so this is fittingly dark and atmospheric. Check it out after the break.
Hellblade Soundtrack – First Full Track
The song ‘Battle March’ is one of the first (of hopefully many) brill tracks from Andy LePlegua who is in charge of all of the tunes in the game. The game will need to sound suitably chant-y and triumphant like you’re marching into battle but Ninja Theory wants to avoid making the music sound too traditional.
Ninja Theory’s Dominic Matthews explained on the PlayStation Blog:
“We felt that a traditional Celtic sound would put a cultural barrier between you and Senua and would make it harder for the player to embody her journey. As for the Viking side, who knows what music would have sounded like in 700AD Norway?”
In a Q&A session with fans, the dev also revealed that signature characters, events and “states of mind” will have a “particular sound” and that “at key points in the story, there will be room for songs as well”. Additionally, we have a bit more info about Senua’s specific sounds:
The Viking songs are sung in Norse or Norse-like dialects. The Senua side of things will be in English rather than Celt. The reason for this is that the game is told from Senua’s subjective point of view. She would hear her own language as we hear our own – without accents or foreign dialects.
One would argue that making Senua’s songs English would make it harder for non-English speaking players to embody her journey but as Ninja Theory have only just started working on the Hellblade soundtrack, we’ll have to wait and see how much the lyrics make a different to the game’s experience.
Hellblade will be released on PC and PS4 in 2015.