Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Accolades Trailer & World Mental Health Day Donation
Today we’re happy to be sharing the Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Accolades Trailer. A very different kind of accolades trailer. Firstly, the trailer is created entirely from fan screenshots captured in the Hellblade photo mode. Secondly, instead of highlighting choice press quotes, the trailer highlights some of the many touching messages received by Ninja Theory since the launch of the game in August.
In addition, we are today announcing that all proceeds received by Ninja Theory from the sale of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice on World Mental Health Day (October 10th) will be donated to mental health charity Rethink Mental Illness.
Rethink Mental Illness exists to support and campaign for those severely affected by mental illness. They help millions of people affected by mental illness by challenging attitudes and changing lives. We are delighted to be supporting this important work with this donation.
Ninja Theory has called Hellblade an “independent AAA” game, by which they mean that it was developed and published independently but with all the quality and production values of any AAA game on the market. According to Ninja Theory, over the course of the last 14 years they have developed three key strengths that define their games: ninja-class combat, strong character stories, and a unique art vision. In Hellblade, they wanted to take these three key strengths to the next level. Hellblade was an experience focused on delivering a deep character in a twisted world, with brutal uncompromising combat.
During development of the game Ninja Theory, “consulted world-leading neuroscientists and non-profit organizations like Wellcome Trust to properly capture the experience of psychosis and its devastating effects on the human mind”.
The game was announced at Sony’s Gamescom 2014 media briefing on August 12, 2014, where a trailer was shown. Hugues Giboire, who is the art director of previous Ninja Theory game Heavenly Sword, also returned to work on the game. A Microsoft Windows version of the game was announced on January 9, 2015. Ninja Theory said they were considering 4K resolution and mod support for the Windows version. The first “Early In-Development” gameplay was shown “Closed Doors” on Gamescom 2015 and after that published on Ninja Theory YouTube channel.
The game, powered by Unreal Engine 4, was worked on by around 20 people at Ninja Theory.
Its subtitle, Senua’s Sacrifice, was announced in March 2016.