Hellblade gets its Nintendo Switch release next week

Ninja Theory’s critically acclaimed dark fantasy action-adventure game, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, will launch on Nintendo Switch next week, following its announcement for the console back in February.

The developer today announced a release date for the 2017 PlayStation 4 and PC hit, which will now see the title ported to the Switch on Thursday 11th April, having previously been made available on the Xbox One exactly a year ago to the day in 2018.

The price has also been announced, costing £24.99/$29.99. Ninja Theory has also stated that this will be a digital-only release, with no current plans for a physical version being made available.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice was developed by a team of roughly twenty people. It follows the story of Senua, a Pict warrior arriving at the border of Helheim in a quest to save the soul of her dead lover from the goddess Hela. Senua believes she is cursed after hearing voices in her head commenting on her actions. The game acts a metaphor for Senua’s condition, known to us as psychosis. Senua is haunted by these voices and by memories from her past. Senua must fight against the influence of the Darkness and free herself from the guilt of her lovers passing.  

The game received a fantastic reception when first released, mainly for its story and art direction. It featured in many lists for the top games of 2017 and picked up five awards at last year’s Bafta’s. Praise also came for the portrayal of mental health, with developers working closely with neuroscientists, mental health specialists, and people suffering from the psychosis to ensure they properly represented the condition.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice joins a whole host of fantastic ports for the Nintendo Switch. If you haven’t had a chance to sample this acclaimed title, then check out the Switch port next Thursday.



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