Hellblade has been sitting quietly on the radar ever since early 2015. We’ve even been treated to a new trailer at this year’s E3. Like that trailer, information and footage for Hellblade has been scarce at best. In Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, players will explore a dystopian Viking world. As Senua, we must decode its puzzling nature as we fight our way through her madness. This is where we can get a feel for just how different Hellblade will be to experience as a game
Hellblade Focuses On Madness And Shapes Player Experience
Senua’s madness is faithfully based on sufferer’s experiences of psychosis. In a developer V-log, we are told of the effort Ninja Theory went to, to speak to psychosis sufferers. They would learn first hand that psychosis is like living every day as a puzzle. Sounds and images of light anomalies would appear throughout the day, as if taunting the sufferer that they are somehow the solution to the puzzle of the day. Sinister stuff for sure!
Ninja Theory has incorporated these disturbing teachings into Hellblade. One level has even been designed in pitch black, where players must make use of sound to “hear” their way to the finish. Guiding Senua through such a scene, voices and sounds taunting her as she goes, will likely be a unique and unforgettable experience. Never before has a game been made with a such strong recommendation for headphones.
With Release Around The Corner, We Expected More Hype
With Hellblade currently set for release this August 8th, we would expect more than just a half-minute trailer. Yet, that is what we’ve got. Several news outlets from across the web have expressed concern about Hellblade’s lack of information to date. In fairness, we have seen footage for several levels, combat, plenty of voiceover work and the progress made with animation. Yet what concerns many, we believe, is a lack of gameplay trailer. No raw footage seems to be found. We’ve had naught but gameplay snippets and cinematic camera follows.
Back in August 2015, we got our first taste of Hellblade in a “first playable”, pre-alpha render of the game. Then, a year later, we got the longest trailer available to date. But the unusual pre-release marketing continues. Hellblade is officially NOT a AAA title. We are told that, as a result of that, Hellblade will be getting a digital release only, damaging its stage presence on the shelves of stores. Yet, as the silver lining, it will be available on release day for just £24.99 / $29.99. This brings to question the length of the game. With the trend of little information being divulged, we can but wait for release