Developer Ninja Theory has released a brand new trailer detailing the challenging process of translating mental illness into its upcoming title, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice.
The game, which releases on August 8th for PS4 and PC, tells the tale of a young warrior as she embarks on a harrowing journey, haunted by the manifestations of her condition. This latest teaser trailer gives us a sneak peek behind the scenes of the research that was put into accurately portraying her psychosis. Although the subject of mental illness isn’t strictly new ground in video games, it remains a delicate subject and one that Ninja Theory clearly wants to treat with respect.
In the trailer, we’re introduced to Professor Paul Fletcher, a psychiatrist and expert in the field from the University of Cambridge who was involved with the project. It’s encouraging to see a professional outside of the video game industry so impressed with the efforts of the development team with respect to their representation of Senua’s condition. Fletcher states that he is excited by the prospect of gaming “offering us insights that we wouldn’t get from pure scientific explorations”.
In addition to Professor Fletcher, Ninja Theory spoke with several professionals and students within the medical field mental illness during the development of the game. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice will feature a 25 minute in-depth behind the scenes documentary of how the team approached implementing the portrayal of the subject within the game.
You can check out the trailer for yourself below:
Ninja Theory is best known for its work with third-person hack and slash action games such as Heavenly Sword. We’re expecting Hellblade to offer similarly accomplished gameplay in addition to the mental illness themes of its narrative.