Over the past number of weeks, Ninja Theory has gradually peeled back the layers of its upcoming action-adventure Hellblade, showcasing some of the concept art and inspirations that have helped the studio mould their vision for the game. It’s a trend that offers the end user unique access to the creativity lurking behind the pixels, and in this latest dev diary, Ninja Theory has detailed some of the environments all the while offering up a very early look at some gameplay.
Touting a story that orbits around Celtic mythology in some form, Hellblade will follow Senua, a troubled adventurer who sets forth on a daring mission through the Underworld. Having released such genre titles as Heavenly Sword, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West and 2013’s DMC, Ninja Theory has proved its credentials when working within the hack and slash template, not to mention that dark and foreboding aesthetic that the company nails so well.
In the footage above, we are introduced to some of the character designs that will likely make an appearance in the final build, along with several other prototypes that NT is said to be considering. Interestingly, despite the fact that the studio has been forthcoming about Hellblade and the creative inspirations behind it, we still don’t know much about the studio’s new IP and since it was initially unveiled back at Gamescom last year, has remained shrouded in supernatural mystery.
Nevertheless, we do know some information regarding the technical side of the project, as Ninja Theory is said to be considering 4K support for the PC version along with mod support to boot which, given the visual goodness on display in the snippet, is a very tantalizing prospect indeed.
Ninja Theory’s Hellblade is expected to launch across PC and PlayStation 4 later this year — then, and only then, will we know if it bears any connection to the studio’s PS3-exclusive, Heavenly Sword.