Hellblade Manifests a New Gameplay Trailer

Ninja Theory, creators of Heavenly Sword, Enslaved, and the DmC reboot, have released a new trailer for their Sony console exclusive Hellblade showcasing it’s dark visuals and close-quarters combat.

Hellblade puts you in the shoes of Senua, a Celtic warrior left for dead and traumatized by the recent invasion of her homeland. The recent attacks have broken her psyche causing her to be become haunted by delusions and hallucinations, and because of this, she must battle her way through a personal Hell created by her mind.

Mental illness is a major focus of Hellblade’s design, not only does Senua experience horrible hallucinations, but suffers from depression and anxiety as well. Ninja Theory wants to tackle a delicate subject matter like mental illness with the sensitivity and consideration it deserves, and to do this they have enlisted the help of Paul Fletcher, a Neuroscience professor at the University of Cambridge. With this, Ninja Theory hopes to portray mental disorders in both an accurate manner and with the respect such weighty issues require in hopes of challenging some of the stigmas related to mental health.

This is still a Ninja Theory game however, and like the trailer shows, it’s safe to assume that the creative visuals and action heavy combat will still be major factors in the game. Hellblade currently has no concrete release date, but is scheduled to launch sometime in 2016 for both the PlayStation 4 and PC.

(Source: PlayStation Blog, GameInformer)

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