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Go behind the scenes with Hellblade

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I’ve got a massive amount of love for the guys over at Ninja Theory. Their games aren’t just solid action experiences, but titles filled with all kinds of heart, attitude and style. I still think Enslaved: Journey To The West is an underrated classic, while they absolutely nailed the Devil May Cry formula in their reboot of that iconic franchise. So I’m pretty damn excited for Hellblade.

Hellblade was first shown off a couple of weeks back, at the Sony Gamescom press conference. It’s still a long ways away, but the game looks like it has all that trademark style of previous Ninja Theory games, so far.

“Something we always do at Ninja Theory is create a pre-vis trailer at the beginning of development to define the art style, the tone and the mood of the game,” product development ninja Dominic Matthews said said in the video above.

As we move through development, the vision can then change a lot as you’ll see from these examples. These videos are never intended to be seen by the public, they’re just used to pitch the game to publishers. Given that we are the publisher on Hellblade, there’s no real reason to hold them back.

We used to create these in CG, but these days we create them in-engine. It’s an opportunity for us to take concept art and realise it as in-game assets. So we can test whether a character will hold up, we can recreate the atmosphere and mood of the art. And we can also test our ability to overcome any technical difficulties.

Here’s a look at some of the concept art as well, which helped shape the game:

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There’s ton more on the official site, showing off in-game assets, motion capture and that sweet sword. While this game is most likely still a few years away, I’m pretty excited. And kind of curious to see if Hellblade has any links to Heavenly Sword.

Last Updated: August 27, 2014


  1. Hell blade…Heavenly Sword….I can’t be the only one that thinks these titles are fishy


    • Viking Of Science

      August 27, 2014 at 11:49

      Ninja Theory have already come out and said that there is NO LINK between the two….

      I guess mostly to distance this game from that exact comparison 😛


      • Great Teacher Umar

        August 27, 2014 at 11:53

        OOOOH LOL hehehe good one 🙂 I don’t believe them though


  2. Rock789

    August 27, 2014 at 11:33

    This has me interested so far. I enjoyed Heavenly Sword, loved Enslaved and actually thought the new DMC was, above all things, fun and engaging to play… Looking forward to see which direction these guys take with Hellblade.


  3. Craig Lotter

    August 27, 2014 at 11:49

    The new DMC was awesome – don’t quite get why it gets ragged on so much. And this comes from someone who played and loved all the other Devil May Cry iterations. Hell Blade should definitely be an action-packed slashfest.


  4. Mossel

    August 27, 2014 at 11:51

    I’m currently nursing a semi for this.


    • Admiral Chief Assassin

      August 27, 2014 at 11:54



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