Hellblade’s Traumatized Heroine Senua Showcased In Developer Diary

Creation of Hellblade’s troubled protagonist Senua detailed in latest developer diary

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Hellblade developer Ninja Theory has published a new development diary for the game, showcasing the creation of the game’s heroine Senua.

“In Senua, we want to create the most believable and compelling character that we’ve ever delivered.” said Dominic Matthews, Product Development team member at Ninja Theory when remarking on the creation of Hellblade’s leading lady.

Check out the Senua developer diary below:



Mental health and psychosis are the key themes explored in Hellblade. The game, which is inspired by historical events, tells the story of Senua, a Celtic warrior who is left traumatised by a Viking invasion. This third person action game, being developed for PlayStation 4 and PC, will follow Senua’s journey into a vision of hell that is the manifestation of her own mental illness.

In order to ensure a sensitive and accurate portrayal of the subject, the game’s developer Ninja Theory has teamed up 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.

Hellblade is slated to be released in 2016 on the PC and PlayStation 4.


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