DmC Devil May Cry, Enslaved, and Heavenly Sword developer Ninja Theory announced Hellblade, its latest game, for PlayStation 4 at Gamescom.
A self-titled “independent AAA game,” Ninja Theory will self-publish Hellblade. It will come first to console on PlayStation 4.
“Certain types of game are very difficult to make for AAA retail without being watered down or otherwise compromised for a mass audience,” Ninja Theory product development boss Dom Matthews said on the PlayStation Blog. “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 game world is based on Celtic myth. The trailer is focused on Senua, the game’s protagonist, as she embarks on a personal journey through a hellish underworld.
Matthews describes the game’s announcement as “unusually early,” but done so deliberately. “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.”
Watch the debut trailer below. View the first screenshots at the gallery.