Hellblade is an action game that is currently in development for PlayStation 4 and PC. Unfortunately, there’s currently no word if the Xbox One will get this game.
The story of Hellblade follows Senua, a Celtic Warrior left traumatized from a Viking invasion, on her journey into a vision of Hell that’s actually a manifestation of her own mental illness. Senua experiences a lot of psychological problems like psychosis, including hallucinations and delusions, as well as suffering from anxiety and depression.
In order to ensure a sensitive and accurate portrayal of the subject, Ninja Theory has been working closely with Psychiatrist and Professor of Health and Neuroscience from the University of Cambridge, Paul Fletcher, as well as arranging to consult with people who have experience of mental health difficulties.
Paul Fletcher said: “True understanding of mental health is not simply about books, lectures or verbal descriptions but from deeper engagement on all levels. Working with Ninja Theory has shown me the potential that gaming has for sharing in a character’s experiences and engendering empathy in ways that go well beyond those offered by simple academic descriptions. Maybe this approach will contribute powerful new ways of challenging stigma.”
Hellblade is due out in 2016. Expect to see more of this at E3 sometime next week. For now, check out the gameplay trailer: