Hellblade Details Revealed Ahead of E3 by Ninja Theory

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The latest game from the team at Ninja Theory will explore territory not often explored by games or at least not in a serious manner. The main character in Hellblade suffers from mental illness and psychosis after surviving traumatic events.

The official synopsis for Hellbalde is as follows:

“Inspired by historical events, Hellblade tells the story of Senua, a Celtic warrior who is left traumatised by a Viking invasion. This third person action game, being developed for PlayStation 4 and PC, will follow Senua’s journey into a vision of hell that is the manifestation of her own mental illness.”

To ensure that Ninja Theory treats the subject matter with respect the team have enlisted the help of Paul Fletcher the Psychiatrist and Professor of Health and Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge. Paul Fletcher working with a small team of 15 people at Ninja Theory are looking to portray a respectable view on the subject matter with Paul Fletcher stating:

“True understanding of mental health is not simply about books, lectures or verbal descriptions but from deeper engagement on all levels. Working with Ninja Theory has shown me the potential that gaming has for sharing in a character’s experiences and engendering empathy in ways that go well beyond those offered by simple academic descriptions. Maybe this approach will contribute powerful new ways of challenging stigma.”

Hellblade is expected to release sometime in 2016 for the PlayStation 4 and PC. Hellblade is being developed under Ninja Thoery’s new Independent AAA program which allows for small teams to work on AAA production level games. The E3 trailer for Hellblade was released today to accompany the details of the game.

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  • Andrew Horning

    Good to hear they’re trying to treat the subject of mental illness with respect. Most media does such a horrible job. My Dad had schizophrenia, it’s painful to see.