Ninja Theory announces Hellblade, possibly coming to PC12 Aug 2014
I feel a bit iffy writing a story about how something might be coming to PC, right now. I mean, this is the day Rise of the Tomb Raider turned out to possibly not be coming to PC. Nonetheless: Ninja Theory have announced Hellblade, and it might be coming to PC.
Before we get into the “mights” and “maybes”, though, let’s talk about Hellblade itself… because that won’t take very long at all. Ninja Theory say that the game will be all about what Ninja Theory does best: “ninja-class melee gameplay, strong character stories and a unique art vision.” Not that they’re tooting their own horn, or anything. Considering their past work I’d wager that it’ll be a third-person hack-and-slasher, but that’s just speculation.
As for setting, the teaser gives a feel somewhere between Celtic/Pagan/Viking; it’s got a young, heavily tattooed woman dressed in leather and furs, holding a sword inscribed with runes. Then monsters turn up. That’s basically all I know.
It’s touted as being an “independent AAA” game, which apparently means that it’s being done as an indie title, but with AAA production values. The game’s announcement states “It’s about making a more focused game experience that isn’t trying to be all things to all people but satisfies a particular gaming itch. It’s about being in command of our creativity so that we can give you what you want from us at a lower price.” As such, it’s probably not going to be selling for £30, and it’s probably not going to be a million hours long. Not necessarily a bad thing at all, considering how so many games outstay their welcomes. I like Ninja Theory’s stuff, and I’m looking forward to hearing more about the game.
It’s worth noting that the team are also planning on documenting pretty much every step of the development process with an online video series, the first part of which can be viewed on the official announcement page. Worth a look.
So, is it coming to PC? Well, Hellblade was announced at the Sony conference, but it was noted as one of the games that’s coming “first to console on PlayStation 4″ rather than as an exclusive. That means it’s going to be hitting other systems, but we have no idea which systems or when. If PC is one of those systems, “first to console” implies that it might actually be on PC first. It’s hard to say.
All things considered, though, I’d put pretty good odds on this hitting the Best Platform. DmC: Devil May Cry was on PC, and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West got an eventual PC release. The only recent game they didn’t hurl onto PC was Heavenly Sword, and that was a PlayStation exclusive.