Ninja Theory’s critically acclaimed action game Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice has reached a new milestone in its lifetime. Hellblade sales have now reached a million units sold across all three platforms, on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC. The game released back in August of 2017, and released in April this year on Xbox.
Hellblade tells the story of Senua, a young girl whose lover was killed by Vikings. Now she must undertake a journey that’s part mythological, part psychological, in order to beg Hela, the Viking goddess of Death, to bring her love back to life. Along the way she’ll battle monsters and personal demons, coming across horrific imagery and dealing with the voices in her head along with it.
Though short, the game won critical acclaim due to its story, sound design, tense atmosphere, and most importantly its portrayal of psychosis, the same mental condition that Senua is inflicted with due to the trauma of her life. If players wear headphones they’ll get to hear the same voices that Senua will be hearing all throughout the game, not to mention getting their own fill of what she sees.
Hellblade sales originally broke 500,000 units sold in November of last year, pushing the game into the profitable range and marking it as a true success for Ninja Theory, which was also responsible for developing Heavenly Sword, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, and the controversial reboot of Devil May Cry, most of which failed to break even or meet the sales expectations of publishers despite positive critical reviews.
If you haven’t contributed to Hellblade sales by buying the game on any of its available platforms, now might be a good time to go for it, especially with the game on sale on PC due to the Steam Summer Sale, which is going on until July 5.