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Hellblade: New Gameplay Trailer Follows a Struggling Warrior

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Product Development Ninja, Ninja Theory

Hello, Dominic here from Ninja Theory. Today I’m happy to be sharing a new Hellblade trailer with you. In it, we show Hellblade gameplay for the first time, as well as give a deeper insight into the game’s story and world than we ever have before.

Hellblade launches next year on PS4 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.

From George Orwell’s 1984, to George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, the best fantasy breaks down barriers and lets us see the world without prejudice. This is what we want to do with Hellblade. To see the world through Senua’s eyes, and in doing so, address a subject that is still considered taboo.

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.


To help us with this we are working closely with Professor Paul Fletcher, a professor of Health Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, as well as arranging to consult directly with people who have experience of mental health difficulties. We are also very proud to say that Hellblade is being supported by Wellcome Trust, which is a global charitable foundation which aims to build a greater public understanding of science and in particular health.

Hellblade is being developed by a small team of 15 people under a new development model that we are calling Independent AAA. The idea behind this is that we can 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. You can follow Hellblade’s journey at and via the Ninja Theory social channels.

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paulogy said:

June 10th, 8:03 am

A team of 15? Could’ve fooled me! This looks AWESOME :-D

    paulogy said:

    June 10th, 8:08 am

    I should add, watching your development dairy videos has shown just how ingenious you’ve had to be given your constraints. I find it kinda funny, but also kind of sad what you’ve had to cobble together to make this game happen. But the results are proving it’s possible regardless!

    On a more serious note, tackling mental illness is a very noble goal that I wish more projects would tackle with “all the respect it deserves”

    KevinKFBacon said:

    June 10th, 10:50 am

    Looks dark and twisted. Like Greg Miller’s mind ;P

G-Force08 said:

June 10th, 8:04 am

Huh. The story sounds interesting. So it’s really a mental illness that the character is fighting with. Looking forward to seeing more from this. Loved Heavenly Sword and Enslaved.

    Ravenous74 said:

    June 10th, 12:34 pm

    Looks awesome! my kind of game.

BluenoseGames said:

June 10th, 8:07 am

This looks awesome !

XtemmA said:

June 10th, 8:09 am

Oh man, how much sanity should we lose to gain insight from insanity?

cubbielovr said:

June 10th, 8:12 am

Count me in. Today’s a pretty awesome day for trailer reveals…here’s hoping there is even more to show next week!

Tonykidv2 said:

June 10th, 8:15 am

Watch they pull an assassin creed 1 on us and the game takes place in the present following a person with Celtic heritage who is a mental patient in a psych ward.

    Ikusa02 said:

    June 10th, 8:25 am

    Ha, from a person who’s played a few Assassin’s Creed games, I laughed at this =D

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Sid Shuman said:

June 10th, 8:16 am


anarkii said:

June 10th, 8:18 am

This looks soooo good! Been following the dev blogs, and seriously amazed at what you all have achieved so far!
I’ll be promoting the crap out this on my FB group guys :) Cant wait to see what surprises we will see at E3 :D

spacedelete2 said:

June 10th, 8:19 am

this is a future PS Plus game.

    ImAPirateSoSueMe said:

    June 10th, 9:48 am

    Every game is, your point?

    Welmosca said:

    June 10th, 11:10 am

    @ ImAPirateSoSueMe – Every game?…ha you’re trippin.

Ikusa02 said:

June 10th, 8:21 am

We’re on the highway to Hellblade!

I find your purpose noble in its intentions :) How you are going to merge something like mental illness with something like a woman fighting Hellish demons with a blade may be lost on some. It’s definitely going to be a great experience as a game but I would believe that marketing it will be hard. Focus too much on action and you’ll lose story and whatnot.

Oh, and will there be any Quick Time Events in this game?

    mevrouwdewi said:

    June 11th, 3:52 am

    There will not be any QTE’s. They’ve confirmed this in one of their Q&A’s. ;-)

yowzagabowza said:

June 10th, 8:25 am

Im glad you guys understand that you can have mature subject matter and ALSO great game play. Most would have made this a walking sim.
Ninja theory is my favorite developer. I’ve loved all their games so far, can’t wait for this one!

saab01 said:

June 10th, 8:37 am

Looks great cant wait to pick this up. Do we know an exact date when this will release? Any pre order bonuses ?

Bellalara said:

June 10th, 8:40 am

Can’t wait to play this game!

diablo103 said:

June 10th, 8:40 am

Looks Amazing! Now please make a sequel to Heavenly Sword!

Krillinfan said:

June 10th, 8:46 am

Wow. I can genuinely say I’ve never seen anyone really tackle this concept this way before.


Kain_the_Demonic said:

June 10th, 8:49 am

looks decent but come on….out of celtic warriors….you choose a woman….wtf are you thinking? I hate playing as women in games….thats why i like games with character creations and if i do play a game with a woman it better have a good story line and game play….just dont see how out of celtic warriors you choose a woman…..that baffles my mind

    profane_god said:

    June 10th, 3:33 pm

    Much like you cannot choose the perspective of the protaganist in a film which you are not making, you should not be entitled to choose the perspective of the protaganist of a game someone else is making, regardless of your feelings.

    shinkenmoe said:

    June 10th, 11:33 pm

    As an actual Irish person: bugger off. WOMEN taught men how to fight in Celtic society (ban-gaisgedaig — look it up). They owned their own schools for it, fought in wars and often outnumbered men on the battlefield in some areas.

    So yes — out of Celtic warriors, they chose a woman, and it is possibly (and probably) more appropriate than a male Celtic warrior. I’m sorry you have such little respect for women and for history, but instead of whining about this on the Internet perhaps you should take some time to self-reflect and figure out why that might be.

fadingshadow said:

June 10th, 9:01 am

Cool heroine. Darkness surrounds. Beautiful graphics. On PS4? I’m SOLD!

Capshot18 said:

June 10th, 9:02 am

It’s always good to see people try to tackle mature themes and this seems like a pretty unique way of doing so. Count me in.

MrBeens said:

June 10th, 9:09 am

“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.”

Oh great. ‘Cause real life isn’t depressing enough already! :)

Agantara said:

June 10th, 9:12 am

Cool :=)

sealum01 said:

June 10th, 9:34 am

I think triple-I (or III) is a good way of describing something that is both independent and AAA quality.

I’m really looking foward to this triple-I game!

soundandvision77 said:

June 10th, 10:03 am

This looks great.

The main character looks a lot like Trip from Enslaved. It’s something about the eyes I think. I’m not complaining though – Enslaved was a great game with great characters.

Looking forward to this game!

GerolPS said:

June 10th, 10:03 am

Hopefully this will be bundled with a remaster version of Heavenly Sword <3

D-Squad3 said:

June 10th, 10:04 am

Hmm I need to see more gameplay. I really much prefer the camera to be more zoomed out in hack n slash games.

Zilas said:

June 10th, 10:13 am

After playing previous Ninja Theory games, I already know this title will be a day one for me. Love the story idea, music and art. Can’t wait to take this journey with Senua.

remanutd5 said:

June 10th, 10:28 am

Is that the Last Guardian on the background? Lol

saintaqua said:

June 10th, 10:35 am

I’m excited for this. I love your games!


June 10th, 10:48 am

I’m struggling. =|

JaredM80 said:

June 10th, 10:55 am

“I hate playing as women in games….that’s why i like games with character creations and if i do play a game with a woman it better have a good story line and game play” wait what? so you are from the future and you feel the game sucks and that is why you hate they chose a female? can i borrow your time machine?

KazeEternal said:

June 10th, 11:13 am

Don’t think I’m feeling this darker Don Quixote of Video Games. Entire game will have you question if anything you’re seeing is real and has any reason. Could be exploring Senua’s personality sure, but everything else like the world becomes this fragile object of wrapped in disinterest and becomes largely meaningless once we’re free of her madness. Assuming she doesn’t die in the process. That’s also assuming that the madness is manifested in hallucinations. Also not entire sure what is Taboo about this subject? Does Ninja Theory just want this to be Taboo? Is this a regional thing? I don’t understand that. not sure if I’m going to stick on board with this game. Hope you find your audience.

Welmosca said:

June 10th, 11:14 am

Good trailer game looks pretty neat…I’ve been following the dev diaries of you guys and the game has potential,I just hope you nail that good gameplay feel.Really looking forward to this but….it ain’t a PS4 exclusive right?…and that is a disappointment.
Anyway…now show us some gameplay in action.

    SilentNova said:

    June 10th, 11:26 am

    Evidently it is a timed exclusive with the possible PC release in the future. Depending on the article you read the reason behind it is very different. The one I trust the most they said from the beginning that it was a timed exclusive and they wanted to work with Sony since it felt kind of like going back to their roots and they have a good history together.

    Welmosca said:

    June 11th, 12:53 pm

    Yeah timed exclusives are not good for PS.

GaMeR_bOi_83 said:

June 10th, 11:38 am

15 people made this game? Wow not bad. Looks interesting. Will get it day one. Will this be a digital only game or physical?

    mevrouwdewi said:

    June 11th, 4:04 am

    This game is digital only. Kind of a bummer for me since I love owning physical games, but I’m hoping that if they have enough of a profit, they will eventually release physical copies. Never say never. :)

anydoubleyou said:

June 10th, 11:42 am

It is REALLY GREAT that you all are tying this into other actual important issues within the real world — like Mental Illness. I am a medical student and actually we have just discussed Psychosis and associated mental health disorders today. I really appreciate and admire you all for tying my 2 passions together (health and video games!).

beamstrike said:

June 10th, 11:55 am

I’ll just wait for reviews since the last time Ninja Theory hyped up a story…well…yeah…

medenko1975 said:

June 10th, 1:01 pm

wow this look great.

shy-1 said:

June 10th, 1:42 pm

Looks and sounds like kai from from heavenly sword and wasnt she kinda mental too


June 10th, 2:20 pm

Can’t wait It seems mentally challenging…LOL…. I’m a horror freak. And seeing this trailer it seems so intense I know it will have you grabbing the seat of my pants…lol…. (meaning) It will scare the living *BLEEP* out of you…lol… thanks for sharing the info looking forward to it!

spacemonkeyham said:

June 10th, 4:48 pm

He’ll blade. Hell yeah.

ZombieRollz said:

June 10th, 5:42 pm

This looks great. I love the different atmosphere and combat it seems to have!

Kid_Grim said:

June 10th, 6:50 pm

looks great can’t wait.

TurismoM3 said:

June 10th, 7:44 pm

Thank you for tackling this subject, it sucks to suffer from anxiety and depression. Game looks awesome. Great job.

TheBlindGorilla said:

June 10th, 9:43 pm

I’m definitely diggin’ on this. That small team of 15 peeps you got workin’ on this must be 15 bad asses because this looks pretty slick. Nice work Ninja Theory!

CrazyRap said:

June 11th, 1:04 am

Looks meh
Waiting for it on PS+

AdrianConflict said:

June 11th, 2:47 am

That is really creative. They should allow this as therapy for inpatients in psych wards.

Reymart_Cruz said:

June 11th, 4:42 am

This graphics are so assassin creed last gen.

Jon-Payne- said:

June 11th, 7:59 am

So Ninja Theory first makes a game called Heavenly Sword and now one called Hellblade. Sounds like a cool juxtaposition =P

LuxRay07 said:

June 15th, 11:37 am

Whoa this is awesome I am totally excited for this!

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