Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, the next third-person action game from Ninja Theory, will miss its expected window of 2016, with the team announcing that it will be out next year.
Following its official unveiling at Sony’s Gamescom press conference in 2014, the developers conducted a very open development process, but the frequency of updates dwindled following the unveiling of the game’s official title in March of this year. Despite this, the game’s producer, Dominic Matthews, assures fans that progress is being made, though it is slightly behind schedule.
Matthews attributes the delay to factors within Ninja Theory, including the cancellation of another project earlier this year and the launching of Senua Studio, a collaborative effort with Epic Games and other partners that allows the creation of real-time CGI for games, films, and VR experiences.
Alongside announcing the delay, the latest production update for Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (embedded below) highlights some of the work that is currently ongoing for the project, which includes environmental modelling, more motion capture, and what appears to be the incorporation of boss battles.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice has gained a lot of attention for its willingness to tackle a very difficult topic: mental illness. Set in a world based on a blend of Celtic history and myth, the game follows the eponymous character as she struggles against demons both internal and external. In order to ensure that Senua’s schizophrenia is portrayed in a manner both realistic and respectful, Ninja Theory has partnered with experts from the Wellcome Trust, a foundation that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals around the world.
In addition to this, Ninja Theory has eschewed the traditional route of partnering with a publisher for the development and release of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, instead embarking on an ambitious experiment that the team refers to as ‘Independent AAA’, with the aim of marrying full creative control to cutting-edge production values, and the approach seems to be paying off.
Though currently without a firm release date, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice will launch for PC and PS4 in 2017. You can find out more about the title in our archives.