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Hellblade developers announce a research program using games to tackle mental health

I’m sceptical of big, commercially-endorsed mental health initiatives with names like “The Insight Project”, which Hellblade developers Ninja Theory announced yesterday. This research program will see them collaborate with Paul Fletcher, a psychiatrist and professor of health neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, to study (and hopefully implement) ways videogames can help people with their mental health issues. Sure enough, their announcement video is largely…

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Watch a full match of Ninja Theory’s Bleeding Edge

A lot of people are going to describe Bleeding Edge as 'Overwatch in third-person', which is probably reductive and unfair, but not enough to make me avoid introducing it as such. It's a colourful upcoming 4v4 hero shooter from developers Ninja Theory, who were last seen wandering about the viking underworld in Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. Someone filmed a full match at Gamescom in August, so…

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E3 2019 games – every game confirmed

They just keep coming don't they? A lot of games were announced at E3 2019, things that we didn't know about, as well as stuff that's previously announced, or expansions to already released games. Now, to the casual outsider, what we're doing might seem absolutely nuts, but we thought we'd put together an alphabetical list of all the PC games that have been confirmed to…

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The granny in Bleeding Edge is already my main

Bleeding Edge is the multiplayer hero slicer that was announced this week by Ninja Theory. It's a 4v4 learn-abilities-em-up. Which feels like an odd direction for the gang who've made their name by creating atmospheric singleplayer games like the anti-viking propaganda action adventure of Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. But it made more sense when I got to play it at E3 this week, because it also…

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Hellblade devs announce 4v4 murderfest Bleeding Edge

The next game from Hellblade and Enslaved developers Ninja Theory is not, as I'd probably have guessed until I saw this week's leak, another Hellblade. No, tonight they announced Bleeding Edge, a multiplayer third-person murderfest with the rudest 'tude this side of 2011. Ninja Theory call Bleeding Edge a "4v4 team fighter" with environmental traps you can use to murder people and goodness me this…

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Ninja Theory’s cyberbrawler Bleeding Edge leaked

Hellblade developers Ninja Theory are apparently trying their hand at four-on-four multiplayer next, if a leaked trailer for their next game Bleeding Edge is accurate. Blurrily captured at a Microsoft keynote at the weekend by Xboxer (they're Slovakian, so you may need Google Translate), it shows us a cast of brightly coloured cyborg weirdos gearing up for a rumble. One's part unicycle with buzzsaws for…

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Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series brings a galaxy far, far away to Oculus this year

Space! That ol’ final frontier. Not that you’ll be seeing much of it in Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series, if the Empire has their way. Locked up inside the Sith Lord’s fortress, you’ll be trying to escape back out in the open to see the stars once again. Easier said than done, because Vader has other plans, apparently involving fate and power and…

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice added VR support today

"More than once during Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice I had to fight the urge to rip the headphones from my ears," Samuel Horti wrote in his Hellblade review, noting that "as a portrayal of how harrowing it is to live with psychosis it undoubtedly succeeds." Yeah yeah, but what if you could jam your eyeballs inside psychosis too? Now you may, as developers Ninja Theory today…

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Psychological horror slasher Hellblade goes platinum

There's something about the very concept of 'a million' that sticks in the mind. It's one of those nice, round numbers that still remains hard to visualise due to its sheer enormity. For instance, if you were to print DVD cases for all one million copies sold (across PC, PS4 & Xbox One) of Ninja Theory's Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, you'd have a million DVD cases,…

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Microsoft buy Forza Horizon and Hellblade studios, and more

Microsoft have gone on a spending spree, buying four studios and opening a new one of their own. During their E3 pressblast tonight, Microsoft announced that they've picked up Forza Horizon developers Playground Games, Hellblade developers Ninja Theory, State Of Decay developers Undead Labs, and We Happy Few developers Compulsion Games. They've also opened The Initiative, a new studio in Santa Monica with a name…

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is profitable after 3 months

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice has, after three months, become profitable for developer Ninja Theory. Since launching in August, the third-person action game has sold 500,000 copies and garnered a great deal of praise for the way it approaches the challenging subject of mental illness. This is great news for Ninja Theory, of course, but its success will also no doubt be welcomed by those hoping that…

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice proceeds going to charity on World Mental Health day

Accolade trailers are usually a bit rubbish, so I don’t typically write about them, but Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice [official site] developers Ninja Theory have put together a slightly special one, made up of screenshots taken by players using photo mode, while the ‘accolades’ are, instead of being press quotes, taken from fans who were helped by the way the game tackles mental health. With that…

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice review

The voices won’t stop. They’re whispering in my ear, gnawing at my skull from all angles. “Turn back”, one says. “They’re watching you”. “She falls for their tricks every time,” says another, cackling while Senua screams. More than once during Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice [official site] I had to fight the urge to rip the headphones from my ears. As a portrayal of how harrowing it is…

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Ninja Theory launch Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Ninja Theory, the gang behind Enslaved: Odyssey to the West and DmC: Devil May Cry, today launched their new story-driven stabber Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice [official site]. This one's a bit slower and moodier than those two, starring a Celtic warrior who grapples with her own mental health as she goes on a vision quest into the Viking underworld. Ooh it's worse than a garden centre…

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice looks harrowing

Developer Ninja Theory has a lofty goal for Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice [official site]: to make a hack-and-slash game that's all about mental health. They're the folk that made DmC: Devil May Cry and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (they like a colon, eh?), so you can expect an inordinate amount of stabbing. But the real focus is main character Senua's struggle with psychosis, depression, and hallucinations. That focus is…

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New Trailer, New Subtitle For Ninja Theory’s Hellblade

Ninja Theory must have thought the old title really wasn't cutting it, and I can't really blame them for it. Hellblade does sound like a Ninja Theory game, but it didn't reflect the new direction they were going for with this one. Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice [official site] should more accurately reflect the two souls of their work-in-progress, pairing their typical hack-and-slash action with an uncommon…

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Ninja Theory’s Hellblade: Delicately Hacking Inner Demons

A Celtic warrior fighting monsters with her sword is what I'd expect in the E3 trailer for Ninja Theory's Hellblade [official site] and yup, it sure has those. A little more surprising is an accompanying video about the character's struggles with psychosis, depression, anxiety, and hallucinations, with a professor University of Cambridge talking about his work consulting on the game. Huh! So sure, it is…

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The Ninja Theory Of Everything: Hellblade

While the possibility of a second dose of delicious devil tears seems unlikely, we can at least console ourselves with the knowledge that Ninja Theory's next release, Hellblade, will be coming to PC. The studio once teased a follow-up to their first game, Heavenly Sword, but the sequel never appeared. Could a Hellblade be from the same fiction as a Heavenly Sword? Leading theologians say…

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Have You Played… DmC: Devil May Cry?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. It's a mark of how much I enjoyed ridiculously named reboot DmC: Devil May Cry that I'm absolutely gutted because there's no sign of a sequel. It was the daftest game I played in 2013 and one of the deftest as well. Having…

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Enslaved – Odyssey To The West review

It's been three years since Enslaved debuted on consoles, and it seems almost criminal that it didn't get a full-price PC release at that time. Now though, someone has flicked the porting switch somewhere in the depths of Namco Bandai, and a PC version of the game has materialised on Steam. I had a play through Ninja Theory's beautiful and ambitious action game, and the…

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