Ninja Theory’s latest project, the upcoming Hellblade, has been a bit of an enigma since its reveal at Gamescom last year. With the debut of the first gameplay trailer today, however, we’re starting to get more of a sense of what the latest action title from the folks who brought us Heavenly Sword, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, and DmC: Devil May Cry.
On the PlayStation Blog, Ninja Theory’s Dominic Matthews gave some details on the struggles that Hellblade‘s protagonist, a Celtic warrior known as Senua, will face as she confronts her demons—perhaps both literally and figuratively.
“From George Orwell’s 1984 to George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, the best fantasy breaks down barriers and lets us see the world without prejudice,” Matthews said on the blog. “This is what we want to do with Hellblade. To see the world through Senua’s eyes, and in doing so, address a subject that is still considered taboo.”
Matthews said that the team is approaching the subject of mental illness with sensitivity and is taking care not to sensationalize Senua’s condition.
“Developing Hellblade independently gives us the freedom to tackle a subject as challenging as mental health,” he explained. “It is a subject that we are handling with all the respect it deserves, ensuring that our portrayal of Senua’s condition is both accurate and sensitive.”
To see what Senua will face as she confronts the monstrosities of Hellblade, check out the trailer below. The game is currently scheduled for a 2016 release on PS4 and PC.