Due for release in 2016, Hellblade is a third-person POV game that tells Senua’s story as a warrior left traumatised after the Viking invasion. But different to regular actions games, Hellblade tackles psychological issues head on.
“The game’s protagonist experiences psychosis, and suffers from depression and anxiety. Her ‘journey into hell’ is a manifestation of her mental health,” Dominic Matthews, product development manager at Cambridge-based games developer Ninja Theory, told me. “As it’s a third-person game, the camera sits behind her, and as a player you see her personal health through her eyes.”