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Hellblade - a PS4 exclusive from Ninja Theory

Looks like Ninja Theory is returning to the "woman warrior" theme of its first game, Heavenly Sword:


On the Playstation blog, Ninja Theory says

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We’re calling Hellblade an “Independent AAA” game, by which we mean that it will be developed and published independently but with all the quality and production values of any AAA game on the market.

Why have we chosen to self-publish this game? Certain types of game are very difficult to make for AAA retail without being watered down or otherwise compromised for a mass audience. This is especially true of sword-based combat games or games of a distinctive style or unusual subject matter. We want to make a smaller, more focused game experience that is uncompromising in its combat, art and story, and deliver this digitally at a lower price.

The announcement trailer that we’ve just released is intended to give you a taste of the AAA quality that we’re planning on delivering, and to also introduce you to the Hellblade world, which is based on Celtic myth. The trailer is focused on Senua, Hellblade’s protagonist as she embarks on a very personal journey through a hellish underworld.

We have announced the game unusually early. This is a deliberate move: we want to share our development journey with you, the fans; to develop Hellblade right in front of your eyes so you can see just how we go about making games.

At the heart of this is http://hellblade.com, where you can find the latest from development. Throughout the project we’ll be sharing developer diaries, concept art, design documents, tutorials and work-in-progress of the game being put together. If you hop over to Hellblade.com now you’ll see some concept art from Hellblade as well as an introduction video to the project. You’ll also see a lot more information about “Independent AAA”, and in the spirit of openness, we’ve posted a lot of documentation on a couple of Ninja Theory games that were planned, but never made it into production.
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Yea this looked sweet! If this gets a downgrade that will suck.
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This trailer has such a Heavenly Sword sequel vibe going on. Even the game's title makes you think about it:

Hell blade
Heavenly Sword

Pretty similar and exactly opposite at the same time. Character in Hellblade is covered in dirt and war paint while Nariko still had white clothes at the end of HS. This Hellblade character even reminds me of the other girl that tagged along in HS, except all grown up and apparently doing blood sacrifices. Lastly those giant stone columns that resemble teeth appear in a very similar way in HS, along with being used in HS game menu.

Very least a spiritual sequel. I am so on board for this one.
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Pre E3 gameplay trailer.
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Some more footage:

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Looks like the game has a subtitle now; it's Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice.

Here's a video about Ninja Theory's real-time cinematography technology. There's a cutscene from the game starting at 4:17:


And here are a couple development-diary videos about the new combat system:


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Holy crap I cannot wait for this game.
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Looks interesting. Keep an eye out on this one.
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Game Informer interviews the creative director:

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New gameplay video:

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Price and release date announced: $29.99, coming August 8th. Pre-order to get a bonus dynamic theme.


https://blog.us.playstation.com/2017...gust-8-on-ps4/
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New trailer:

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This is coming out pretty soon. Not much hype and only $30. Only available via digital on Amazon. I enjoyed Heavenly Sword. I'll take a tight, well-crafted 6-hour campaign over a 30-hour slog anyday, but there seems to be a lack of enthusiasm in the marketing of this that has me slightly concerned. No reason to pre-order with digital only anyway. I hope it blows away my expectations.

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I like the atmosphere and presentation but watching a bit of actual gameplay makes the game seem fairly bland.
It has a bit of a tech demo vibe but I still want to try it out because it does look interesting.
It seems they know what they have here and have priced it accordingly, so good on them for doing so.


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Gameplay video from IGN:

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I like the atmosphere and presentation but watching a bit of actual gameplay makes the game seem fairly bland...
Given the combat in their previous games (Heavenly Sword, Enslaved, DmC), the last thing I'd expect is bland gameplay. They've all had really interesting combat systems, along with beautiful graphics and tremendous character.
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This is coming out pretty soon. Not much hype and only $30. Only available via digital on Amazon. I enjoyed Heavenly Sword. I'll take a tight, well-crafted 6-hour campaign over a 30-hour slog anyday, but there seems to be a lack of enthusiasm in the marketing of this that has me slightly concerned. No reason to pre-order with digital only anyway. I hope it blows away my expectations.
I would think the lack of marketing is because they are releasing this as an independently published game instead of going through someone like Activision, EA, or Sony. I'm looking forward to this game based on how much I loved Heavenly Sword.
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Given the combat in their previous games (Heavenly Sword, Enslaved, DmC), the last thing I'd expect is bland gameplay. They've all had really interesting combat systems, along with beautiful graphics and tremendous character.

Based upon some of their previous work I would agree but to me this game has more of a tech-demo vibe versus something that is focused on gameplay (which is not to imply it will be bad, we'll see).


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Apparently it will be 60fps on the Pro, so there's that. I expect I'll get it.

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Given the combat in their previous games (Heavenly Sword, Enslaved, DmC), the last thing I'd expect is bland gameplay. They've all had really interesting combat systems, along with beautiful graphics and tremendous character.

Each of NT's games seem to be derivative of another, more famous game:


Heavenly Sword: takes inspiration from God of War


DmC: obviously taken from Devil May Cry


Enslaved: ??? (not familiar with this one. Been meaning to check it out)


Hellblade: Dark Souls


Its obvious that Hellblade takes inspiration for its combat style from SoulsBorne games. Quite a few games are now. Nioh did. Just played the demo for The Surge and its absolutely Souls style combat.


Personally, I find Dark Souls combat to be dull and somewhat lifeless. I am a fan of combo-heavy combat systems like Devil May Cry and Bayonetta. Now don't get me wrong, Souls style combat can be fine depending on the game. Personally I consider that combat style to have actually begun with the Onimusha games back on the PS2 and those are some of my favorite games of that generation. And it works quite well for Nioh. Hellblade looks like it might make good use of it as well, so I am going to keep an eye on it.

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Started playing it on my HTPC at 4K last night with everything maxed out and it may be the best looking game I have ever seen.

The story seems really interesting, the puzzles are neat, and the combat is pretty good. Seems to be worth the $30 from the few hours I have played so far.
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From the reviews I've read and watched, most of them mention the combat as being the weakest link in Hellblade. A few of them have said that it only accounts for about 20% of the game though.

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From the reviews I've read and watched, most of them mention the combat as being the weakest link in Hellblade. A few of them have said that it only accounts for about 20% of the game though.
Yeah, the combat definitely isn't spectacular but it is serviceable and it does indeed play a small part in the game as most of the time you are solving puzzles and unraveling the story.
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