Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and Exploring the Depths of Auditory Hallucinations (VIDEO)

There’s a new game coming to PlayStation 4 and PC and it is fraught with some seriously deep themes. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is an up and coming title that not only involves the feel of combat in a young Viking woman’s life, but also includes the reality of mental illness as the main character suffers from auditory hallucinations that plague her world. In a recent developer diary, Ninja Theory goes into detail on how they have tackled the tough job of realistically implementing this disability into the character’s intense and heartbreaking story.

Hellblade; Senua's Sacrifice

To get a feel of exactly what it’s like to suffer from hearing voices and how the developers managed to implement this into the game, check out the video below. Make sure you wear headphones as you listen, so you can get the full experience and empathize with Senua’s struggles as she fights her way through a bleak world.

The developers have implemented the use of binaural audio into the game, which gives it that disturbing feel as you experience those voices right along side Senua. The use of binaural audio allows the game to give you a 360 degree range of sound. Some voices are distant, while others are up close and personal, which can be seriously jarring for gamers. If you’re interested in reading more in-depth on the topic, check out Tameem Antoniades‘s article on Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and mental disorders.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice currently doesn’t have a set release date for the game, so it’s going to be awhile before we get to have this title all to ourselves. To keep you entertained until then, check out this article on Sony’s Black Friday sale to keep on top of those up and coming PlayStation titles you love so well. In the meantime, you can check out the cinematic trailer below to get stoked about this coming game before release details are finally revealed.

What do you think of this coming game? Are you excited for a chance to play Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice? let us know in the comments below and game on!


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