You Need To Watch These Hellblade Developer Diaries

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Ninja Theory, the developer behind such cult hits as DmC, Heavenly Sword, and Enslaved, have been hard at work over the past two years on their most ambitious and creative project to date: Hellblade. A game that promises to tackle mental illness with finesse and respect, and it looks absolutely incredible. What’s more, they’ve begun what is hopefully a new trend. Transparent, open development in the Triple-A games industry.

According to Wikipedia,

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is an action-adventure game developed and published by the British video game development studio Ninja Theory. Set in a dark fantasy world inspired by Norse mythology and Celtic culture, the game follows Senua, a Pict warrior who must make her way to Helheim by defeating otherworldly entities and facing their challenges, in order to rescue the soul of her dead lover from the goddess Hela. It was released worldwide for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 4 in August 2017, Xbox One in April 2018, Nintendo Switch in April 2019, and Xbox Series X and Series S in August 2021. Hellblade features support for virtual reality, which was added in a 2018 update.

While they are technically a small indie team, their mission is to create a Triple-A game that doesn’t fall into the trap that most of the big dogs face. A creative, inspired, unique experience that isn’t beholden to investors and massive publishers, yet still manages to look and play as if it had a 50 million dollar budget.

A game that promises to tackle mental illness with finesse and respect, and it looks absolutely incredible. What’s more, they’ve begun what is hopefully a new trend. Transparent, open development in the Triple-A games industry.

While this idea sounds great, it has given the devs nothing but trouble since the very beginning, and this is what makes their video series on the development of Hellblade so fascinating. They show their ups, their downs, their failures, and their successes, and it all culminates in possibly the most interesting documentary series of its kind.

I highly recommend you check out the playlist below.

Ninja Theory Announces Hellblade At Gamescom

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Ninja Theory has been in the news a lot lately about a new IP, and thanks to Gamescom, we now know what it is. Hellblade … yes, that’s the real title, is a Playstation 4 exclusive action game from the team that brought you DMC, Heavenly Sword, and Enslaved.

To say I am excited about this new IP would be, to put it mildly. Ninja Theory is a master at crafting bizarre and inspired worlds, fascinating characters, and tales full of drama and action. Hellblade, despite its title, appears to be up to snuff so far.

As always, your video awaits. The video is age-restricted and only available on YouTube.

Ninja Theory is defined by three things: ninja-class melee gameplay, strong character stories, and a unique art vision.

On Hellblade, we will double down on what we do best to give you a deeper character in a twisted world with brutal, uncompromising, combat.

We are embracing the creative spirit that comes with independence without letting go of the stunning production values that we are known for. It’s not indie, it’s not AAA. This is the third way. It’s an independent AAA.

It’s about making a more focused game experience that isn’t trying to be all things to all people but satisfies a particular gaming itch. It’s about being in command of our creativity so that we can give you what you want from us at a lower price.

It’s very early days in the project but we are opening our doors and inviting you to join us every step of the way. We want to show you how we make this game wart and all so that you can be part of this journey.

Hellblade’s official website goes into a bit more detail and offers an additional video of details, so make sure to check it out.