Nin­ja The­o­ry, cre­ators of Heav­en­ly Sword and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, have announced the release date for their next title. Hell­blade: Senua’s Sac­ri­fice will launch August 8th for PS4 and PC

While the devel­op­er has aimed for AAA qual­i­ty, they also want­ed to fill the spot between indies and AAA titles. This means the game will cost $29.99, but will not have a phys­i­cal release. 

 Nin­ja The­o­ry also claims that the game is able to be more cre­ative­ly diverse due to being in this in-between area. A large part of this cre­ative diver­si­ty is the focus on the pro­tag­o­nist Senua’s men­tal state. Through­out the game Sen­ua suf­fers from the many symp­toms of psy­chosis. In-game this trans­lates most­ly to var­i­ous audio and visu­al hal­lu­ci­na­tions. Nin­ja The­o­ry worked with neu­ro­sci­en­tists and peo­ple who expe­ri­ence psy­chosis to ensure the game’s por­tray­al was ground­ed in real­i­ty and treat­ed with a cer­tain respect.  

Game­play will pri­mar­i­ly be third per­son sword fight­ing as Sen­ua embark into a viking hell to fight for the soul of her lover. Com­bat is described as requir­ing skill, but not requir­ing play­er to remem­ber com­bos like pre­vi­ous Nin­ja the­o­ry games. It has also been stat­ed that they want­ed Sen­ua to feel vul­ner­a­ble and weak­er than her viking ene­mies. How­ev­er Sen­ua is more agile and gen­er­al­ly faster. In turn this requires play­ers to be aware of their sur­round­ings and posi­tion.

More on the infor­ma­tion on the game and its devel­op­ment can be found on the Nin­ja The­o­ry YouTube chan­nel.  

Hell­blade: Senua’s Sac­ri­fice is cur­rent­ly avail­able for pre-order on PS4, Steam, and GoG.