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PS Store This Week: Hellblade, Telltale’s Batman The Enemy Within, Mega Man Legacy Collection 2, more

Big-budget retail releases may have dried up for the Summer, but there’s a ton of new titles to download this week on the PlayStation Store…

First up is Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, an “Indie AAA” from Ninja Theory. The team behind DMC: Devil May Cry and Heavenly Sword is back with a new third-action game for the PS4 about “a warrior’s brutal journey into myth and madness.” The developer worked alongside neuroscientists to accurately portray the mental state of the protagonist and added a unique bit of quasi-permadeath to Hellblade’s save system.

Also available to download this week is the first episode of Telltale’s Batman: The Enemy Within. The Riddler is terrorizing Gotham City in the PS4 sequel, and Batman also has to deal with an appearance by Amanda Waller and the emergence of The Joker. And speaking of return appearances, Cliff Bleszinski returns to game development with LawBreakers, a new hero shooter for the PS4.

Finally this week, a trio of side-scrolling shooters will make the PlayStation Store a retro-tastic place to shop. Capcom has compiled Mega Man 7, 8, 9, and 10 on the PS4 in the Mega Man Legacy Collection 2. Vertex Pop will also release their colorful space shooter, Graceful Explosion Machine, on the PS4. And the bizarre Sine Mora EX has been remastered for the PS4 by THQ Nordic.

You can learn more about all of these titles (and a few others) after the break. (more…)

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice will be released on August 8

Ninja Theory has announced that Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, their “Independent AAA” action-adventure game, will be released for the PC and PS4 on August 8.

In a brand new post on the PlayStation Blog, Ninja Theory’s “Product Development Ninja,” Dominic Matthews, revealed exactly what the team is trying to accomplish by creating an “Independent AAA” game:

In Hellblade, we are aiming to revive the lost space between indie and AAA gaming. Where creatively diverse experiences made with AAA values can thrive once again.

We’ve taken a small team of around 20 people and created a focused and rich experience that looks and feels as good as any blockbuster title. Hellblade is about half the length of a regular AAA game and priced at about half the cost. A price that we think is fair to both you and us.

Our hope is that if we make our Independent AAA work with Hellblade, other developers will follow, leading to a more creative and diverse gaming world for developers and players alike.

Matthews also reiterated Hellblade’s plot, which focuses on the trauma and psycosis experienced by a Celtic warrior named Senua:

For those new to Hellblade, the game is the story of Senua, a traumatized Celtic warrior journeying into the Viking underworld of Hel. We have created the game in collaboration with neuroscientists as well as people who live with psychosis. We hope Hellblade is an experience like no other.

You can get a short taste of Ninja Theory’s Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice in the new trailer embedded above.

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Sony shines a spotlight on what’s coming to PS4 in 2017 including Detroit: Become Human

PlayStation Europe definitely kicked the year off right after they unveiled a new video highlighting the many exclusives coming to the PS4 in 2017.

In addition to games such as Gran Turismo Sport, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and the PaRappa The Rapper remaster, the sizzle reel also includes a glimpse of Quantic Dream’s Detroit: Become Human, which had previously been tagged with a “TBA” release date.

Here’s the full list of games featured in the video:

Coming to PS4 in 2017

  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Drawn To Death
  • Dreams
  • Farpoint
  • Gran Turismo Sport
  • Gravity Rush 2 (January 20)
  • Hellblade
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn (February 28)
  • Knack 2
  • Matterfall
  • MLB The Show 17 (March 28)
  • New Hot Shots Golf
  • Nex Machina
  • Nier: Automata (March 7)
  • Nioh (February 7)
  • Persona 5 (April 4)
  • PaRappa The Rapper
  • Pyre
  • Starblood Arena
  • Uncharted 4: The Lost Legacy
  • Wipeout: Omega Collection
  • World of Warriors
  • Yakuza 0 (January 24)

The first big event of the 2017 “Video Game Calendar” will be PAX South, which will be held in San Antonio beginning on January 27. We’ll surely hear more about at least a few of these games then.

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Hellblade’s first gameplay trailer gives us a glimpse at the game’s focus on mental illness

Ninja Theory has pulled the curtain back on the first gameplay trailer for Hellblade, their Celtic swordfighting game, a few days ahead of this year’s E3 Expo. The developers also revealed that Senua, Hellblade’s main character, isn’t just fighting back against a viking invasion, she’s also battling mental demons in her own personal Hell:

The Hell in question is no ordinary Hell, but is in fact a Hell that is the manifestation of Senua’s mental illness. Senua experiences psychosis, including hallucinations and delusions, as well as suffering from anxiety and depression. As a player you will witness Senua’s living nightmare through her own eyes.

The developers from Ninja Theory believe they are approaching this subject with the respect it deserves. To that end, Ninja Theory has secured the services of Professor Paul Fletcher, a professor of Health Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, to guarantee the accuracy of their portrayal. They’ve also teamed with the Wellcome Trust, “a global charitable foundation which aims to build a greater public understanding of science and in particular health.” The final piece of the puzzle will be a series of interviews with individuals suffering from mental illness. Ninja Theory will use their experiences to help shape Senua’s personality and actions.

Hellblade will be available for the PC and PS4 sometime in 2016. A Developer Diary discussing their work with Professor Fletcher can be found after the break. (more…)

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Ninja Theory will bring Hellblade to the PC too


Ninja Theory has announced that Hellblade will be released for the PC in a short post on the game’s development blog. Previously announced for the PS4, Hellblade is a third-person action title that mixes swordplay with Celtic imagery.

The developer has yet to announce a release date for either version of Hellblade, but I suggest biding your time by exploring some of the absolutely stunning concept art available on the game’s official website.

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Ninja Theory reveals Hellblade as a PS4 exclusive

Ninja Theory has announced that they’re going it alone with their next game, Hellblade. The developer plans to self-publish the PS4 exclusive, which was announced today during Sony’s Gamescom Press Conference, sometime in the not-so-near future.

Hellblade will be released digitally through the PlayStation Store (Ninja Theory is calling it “Independent AAA”) and will be a sword-based combat game starring a young woman named Senua. Her battles will take place within a mythical world based on Celtic myth and, as you can see from the teaser trailer above, Hellblade definitely looks unique.

Hellblade is still very far out, but Ninja Theory wants to share the development process with their fans. To that end, they’ve launched an official website which includes concept art and a behind-the-scenes video discussing the game.

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