Hellblade, the next game from DmC: Devil May Cry and Enslaved developer Ninja Theory, has been renamed Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. The new moniker comes along with a poster that shows off protagonist Senua’s new style, and what looks like a load of Dwarven runes (they’re definitely not dwarven. Probably).
They never made it into our best PC games list, but Ninja Theory have made some truly wonderful games in their time.
The renaming exercise is all part of Hellblade’s continued evolution. The game is being self-published by Ninja Theory and is subject to a much smaller budget, so the team have the freedom to keep going with it and release when they’re happy. Since being shown off at Gamescom last year the game has apparently undergone changes, although as of yet it’s unclear how different the game is from its last public reveal.
Hellblade will see Senua suffer from psychosis, with her mental troubles being combated through fight sequences and puzzles. The Gamescom prototype wasn’t entirely well received by the press, but perhaps this rebrand could signal that any negative feedback has been taken on-board by Ninja Theory and the ‘new’ version of Hellblade is heading in a better direction.
The developer is at GDC this week, so new information should be due within days. Ninja Theory hope to release Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice this year.