Ninja Theory’s Hellblade Will Address Mental Illness


In the latest trailer for Hellblade, Ninja Theory‘s latest game in development for the Playstation 4 and PC, we’re given some actual gameplay footage as well as a look into the game’s story. Sure, the trailer shows off some of what we’ve come to expect from Ninja Theory – amazing artwork, film-like production, and intense combat – but the real takeaway here is what Hellblade is about.

In Hellblade, you’ll play as Senua, a female Celtic warrior who is coping with mental illness after a traumatic Viking invasion. Suffering from psychosis, Senua will have to deal with hallucinations and delusions throughout her journey, allowing players to see the nightmare through her own eyes. In Ninja Theory’s latest Developer Diary, the team explains how they are trying to turn these delusions into pieces of the game, allowing the players to understand what Senua is going through.

In order to treat the source material appropriately, the team has been working alongside Professor Paul Fletcher, a professor of Health Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, as well as multiple people who suffer from mental illness. Hellblade is also being supported by Wellcome Trust, a charitable foundation that’s committed to helping the public understand health and the science behind it.

There’s still a lot we don’t know about Hellblade but one thing is for sure, Ninja Theory is serious about making a game that will tackle the subject of mental illness without mistreating it. Only time will tell how it all pans out but I, for one, am extremely excited to see the result.