Although Ninja Theory’s upcoming PC and PS4 game, Hellblade, has drawn us all in with its macabre world and its gorgeous art style, the real stand out element of the game is its protagonist, Senua. For example, as a hardened warrior, Senua has anxiety, depression and psychosis as a direct result of her actions on the battlefield and these are set to be a major part of the game.
This, along with the many Hellblade/Heavenly Sword fan theories, is likely why Ninja Theory has now announced a new name for the game; Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. In addition to this new name, Ninja Theory has also unveiled a new look for the game’s lead along with a new Hellblade trailer that gives us an idea of what it is that Senua was forced to sacrifice.
Hellblade | The Senua Trailer | PS4 via sonyplaystation
Hellblade’s New Name + Story Details Revealed
In what is quite a troubling trailer, we see Senua being absolutely tormented by the voices in her head and she also seems to hallucinate a burning tree. The voices reveal that Senua lost someone very dear to her and while it’s difficult to pick out a name, Senua seems to speak to the person she lost towards the end of the trailer, telling them ”I’ll find you, my love, I promise”.
In a post on the PlayStation Blog, Ninja Theory’s product development ninja Dominic Matthews explains that “it is important for us to portray the physical, emotional and mental trials of her quest in both the character model and the representation of her reality”. A separate developer diary shows how Ninja Theory teamed up with Epic Games and used technology to allow Senua’s performance actor to perform the scene “live and in real-time directly within the game world”.
On the one hand, it’s wonderful to see the developer push the boundaries of technology in what should ultimately make for a better game, but on the other hand, we are naturally concerned that this could cause further delays to the title. Ninja Theory has vowed to bring Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice to PC and PS4 at the same time, despite being a team of just 16 people and although things seem to be on track now, with no definite release date set yet there’s the obvious fear that it will be pushed back.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice will be released in 2016 on PC and PS4