Enjoy the Debut Gameplay for Hellblade

As promised, Ninja Theory has shared the first gameplay for Hellblade.

Featured above, you can view the gameplay for the upcoming PC and Playstation 4 action game. Players will experience a story following the Celtic Warrior Senua, who is left traumatized following a Viking invasion. The game itself is centered on her trip into Hell, which is actually a trip into her own psychosis.

Ninja Theory contracted the help of Paul Fletcher, a Psychiatrist and Professor of Health Neuroscience from the University of Cambridge, alongside people who have actually experienced mental illness.

As for the funding of the new title, we now know it’s backed by Wellcome Trust, a charity that focuses on educating people regarding science and health. Trust’s Creative Partnerships Manager Iain Dodgeson talked up why they decided to fund the game, in an interview with IGN:

“Rather than being a didactic game teaching us about psychosis, Hellblade allows us to explore it through the creation of a compelling and complex character, and the world that she inhabits.”

A release date is still unconfirmed, but we’ll keep you guys posted.



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  1. chero666
    June 10, 2015 at 11:17 am

    “Gameplay” Demo. (unless the game’s going for a mobile-style gameplay)

  2. BeholdMyPower
    June 10, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Tackling mental illness, huh? Well let’s hope the writers are on point. Please don’t beat me over the head with your message.

  3. John Smith
    John Smith
    June 10, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    That was definitely infinity blade gameplay

  4. Tin o Beans
    Tin o Beans
    June 10, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    The heroine and the game looks like shit.

  5. Godmars
    June 10, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    I think the age of telling a story over presenting a game, see David Cage as well as these guys, needs to go away.

    Then again, game which have a story that then ignore them for expedience of gameplay, see Mass Effect, need to be checked as well.

  6. Ritchet
    June 10, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    We’ll get Viking-era Tumblr: Teh Vidyer Gaem

  7. AniMitch
    June 10, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Wow this looks awful :D

  8. Sebastian Mikulec
    Sebastian Mikulec
    June 10, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    That “gameplay” trailer had all of 5 seconds of actual gameplay in it. With that in mind, it’s hard to say anything about the game. So, color me undecided.

  9. Raziel Barkrai
    Raziel Barkrai
    June 10, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Wasn’t really much of a gameplay trailer. It was acting more like a cinematic trailer, but with in-game footage trying to show how immersive it is. Although the idea of having a game explore someone’s mental illness is kind of interesting, it can go horribly wrong and end up being an eye-rolling experience for the player.

  10. BlastHardCheese
    June 10, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    >Heavenly Sword
    >Hell Blade

    Bravo, Ninja Theory.

  11. eltonBorges
    June 10, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    So first, much of this was shown in that last video they put about the development of the game. Second, she is insane, so probably it means that the “magic” in the game is just her brain short-circuiting. Third, we could not see how she fights. Why developers are so eager to hide important information about their games? Are they afraid of someone copying?
    And finally, it’s good to see is not exactly an exclusive, even if the game might not be fantastic.

  12. Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    June 10, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    I’m sure we will get an interesting look into mental illness, not bullshit tumblr level mental illness.

  13. Fenrir7
    June 10, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    I can’t wait for the inevitable guest writer at kotaku to share her experience of being a mentally ill gamer while simultaneously condemning this game for being an inaccurate depiction of mental illness :D

  14. PenguinPlayer
    June 10, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    The camera is too zoomed in and there are too many damn cuts for me to discern any gameplay. Good job, Ninja Theory.

  15. Dammage
    June 10, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    If that’s gameplay there is no way I’m playing this. I would get dizzy trying to do that, camera is way too zoomed and bounces around too much

  16. Garbagio Dumpsterino
    Garbagio Dumpsterino
    June 10, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Can’t be showing too many polys now, this is PS4 hardware we’re talking about.

  17. Alistair
    June 10, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    [its a story of a rejected SJW looking for revenge with mental illness]

    You can’t get disverstiy then this they keep drumming there not enough lead women in games now this with tomb raider, mirror edge, FF13 & sequels, remember me, & strange life, & beyond souls.

    Are the SJWs would be happy about them & this game?

  18. InfectedAI
    June 10, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    They’ll probably show more closer to release. They don’t even have a release date set. I’m definitely intrigued, but hope to see actual gameplay soon-ish.

  19. InfectedAI
    June 10, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    I disagree. There are people who enjoy those types of games. Not everything has to appeal to everyone. The more diversity in game design the better. Some people are more mechanics focused and some care more about exploring a world and interacting with its story.

  20. InfectedAI
    June 10, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Agreed. This is Ninja Theory. Not some small tumble indie.

  21. Godmars
    June 10, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Of course people like those games. But that doesn’t forgive their flaws regardless of being story or game related.

  22. Godmars
    June 10, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Ninja Theory was doing the Mad Max Furiosa look before it was hip.

    Wait – was that look ever hip?

  23. Lex
    June 10, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    It’s Ninja Theory, though. I can’t think of any studio game journalists enjoy talking up more (Eurogamer writers in particular seem to be angling for a job there). NT’s writing is horrific when not outsourced, so the wagons will be circled when they inevitably fail to treat the subject of mental illness with an iota of respect.

  24. InfectedAI
    June 10, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    I didn’t say it did. You just gave the impression that you think that genre should cease completely. My point was those types of games have a place.

  25. Fenrir007
    June 10, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Ninja Theory, huh… I think I’ll pass.

  26. Godmars
    June 10, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Was talking about balance between storytelling and gameplay. Where Two Souls tells more of a story, a poorly done out of order one at that, Mass Effect gave up on story to be a third person shooter that was more about personality types and the relations between them.

  27. Kain Yusanagi
    Kain Yusanagi
    June 10, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Interesting concept, from the looks of it, terrible execution.

  28. Kain Yusanagi
    Kain Yusanagi
    June 10, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Two words: Heavenly Sword.

  29. Fenrir7
    June 10, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    How they want to depict the theme of mental illness is up to Ninja Theory, I don’t need the subject handled with kid gloves.

  30. Sylveria Shini
    Sylveria Shini
    June 10, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Well.. that looked awful.. and the dialogue sounds like it was written by a 14yr old emo kid.

  31. RetroGamer
    June 11, 2015 at 1:19 am

    I’ll pass.

  32. Landale
    June 11, 2015 at 2:55 am

    Somehow, even with them getting in contact with a psychiatrist, I expect this to be a pretty terrible example of psychosis.
    Though, to be fair, personally dealing with it it’s safe to say that if they got it right it’d actually be an annoying and boring as fuck game.

  33. 2501
    June 11, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    David Cage Character Action game.

  34. MaidKillua
    June 11, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Problem with Mass Effect as an example is that (in the sequels at least), the gameplay was weak too

  35. MaidKillua
    June 11, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    I don’t think it looks “awful” like people are saying below, just that it doesn’t look like anything particularly good. Really depends how the writing turns out and if they fix that bloody camera

  36. Godmars
    June 11, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    And such seems to apply to many things made by Bioware recently. Since Jade Realm?

  37. MaidKillua
    June 11, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Do you mean Jade Empire? I never got round to playing it

  38. Lex
    June 11, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Oh, kid gloves ain’t the concern. Basic competence is (just read what Alex Garland has to say about the in house writing at Ninja Theory). And they will almost certainly go full Tumblr and romanticise the subject.

  39. Fenrir7
    June 11, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Sorry, wasn’t sure what you meant by your first comment lol. Yeah, tumblrizing schizophrenia would be a bad idea (or any mental disorder). No one who actually suffers from one likes having it.