Hellblade, now officially titled as Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, is an upcoming PS4 and PC release from venerated studio Ninja Theory. The list of what’s clear about the game has been steadily growing since it was unveiled at Gamescom. We may now know more about the story, gameplay, and graphics than we did in the past, but one significant question still remains: Will Hellblade be adding VR devices to its final list of platforms?
That question still remains to be answered, but a major clue has now been issued in the form of a new Hellblade trailer that has been released in both 360 format and stereoscopic 3D.
Ninja Theory is best known for creating deeply atmospheric video games that also incorporate fast paced action and finely tuned mechanics. Popular entries in its extensive library include well respected titles such as Enslaved: Odyssey to The West and DMC: Devil May Cry – a reboot of Capcom’s legendary franchise, as well as the PS3 exclusive, Heavenly Sword.
Nothing in the studios pedigree would suggest that it may eschew traditional gaming platforms, like consoles and PCs, in order to port their title directly onto VR headsets. However, in June of last year AVRLondon tweeted out a picture apparently depicting Hellblade running on an Oculus Rift DK2.
— AVR London (@AVRLondon) June 4, 2015
Suspicions were further aroused when Ninja Theory itself was included by Sony on a list of developers who are actively working to support the upcoming Playstation VR. This evidence, along with the fact that the studio has now gone out of its way to release a trailer intentionally designed to run on immersive devices, combine to create a very compelling case for a VR version for Hellblade.
Should this theory prove true it would be a major coup for the burgeoning VR industry. The scene currently offers a lack of “AAA” developed projects. A game with the visual fidelity, compelling atmosphere, and engaging combat that Ninja Theory is known for would be a very heavy hitter in the PSVR’s catalogue.
We will update this story should Ninja Theory officially confirm Hellblade’s VR release.