First Hellblade Gameplay Trailer Follows Senua’s Journey Into Hell

June 10, 2015 Written by Jason Dunning

Showing off gameplay for the first time, developer Ninja Theory brought out a new Hellblade trailer today, while also mentioning that the game will release in 2016 on PlayStation 4.

In a new developer diary, Ninja Theory talked about how mental illness is a major theme in Hellblade:

Hellblade will be released for PlayStation 4 in 2016 and tells the story of Celtic Warrior Senua and her journey into Hell. The Hell in question is no ordinary Hell, but is in fact a Hell that is the manifestation of Senua’s mental illness. Senua experiences psychosis, including hallucinations and delusions, as well as suffering from anxiety and depression. As a player you will witness Senua’s living nightmare through her own eyes.

They later add, “Developing Hellblade independently gives us the freedom to tackle a subject as challenging as mental health. It is a subject that we are handling with all the respect it deserves, ensuring that our portrayal of Senua’s condition is both accurate and sensitive.”

While the team on Hellblade is only 15 people, Ninja Theory is using a new development model called Independent AAA, which allows them to “create a game independently, with creative freedom, but still deliver AAA quality production values. As part of this we’re creating the game openly, sharing as much of the development process as possible.”

[Source: Ninja Theory, PS Blog]