As promised yesterday, Ninja Theory has released a brand new trailer for their upcoming video game, Hellblade. The trailer gives us a look at the game in action, while also offering a deeper look at its plot. When we were originally told that the game follows Senua’s journey into hell, many assumed she would be traversing its underworld. Turns out it isn’t just about the realm of Helheim but a more realistic hell as well. A hell that many people face everyday, the degradation of one’s mental health.
“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,” explains Dominic Matthews, Ninja Theory’s Product Development Ninja
One of Senua’s Hallucinations?
The indie developer aims to deliver a fantasy experience that “breaks down barriers” and lets everyone “see the world without prejudice”, citing George Orwell’s 1984 and George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead as inspiration.
“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.”
Mental Health is serious yet sensitive issue and Ninja Theory knows this. Therefore in order to properly tackle something so sensitive and taboo, they will work together with those who have a much better understanding of the subject.
“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.”
Ninja Theory has also released their newest developer diary, offering more insight on the mind of Senua. Hellblade is set to release in sometime in 2016 for PS4 and PC.