Some games are meant to be played for simple pleasure, and others are masterpieces meant to be experienced. The BAFTA award-winning action-adventure Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice from developer NinjaTheory, is one such unique piece of art that simply has to be experienced to be wholly appreciated.
Released for PC and PS4 back in 2017, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice takes you on a celtic warrior’s journey through the Norse underworld, Hellheim, in a bid to defeat the demons and gods therein and save the soul of her lost love. There’s quite a bit more to Senua’s tale, but we won’t reveal too much here so the story doesn’t get spoiled for those of you not in the know.
Now, in a surprise announcement, NinjaTheory has revealed that they are releasing a VR port of the game to everyone who owns the original on Steam. The full 7+ hour story campaign will be playable in VR through an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift.
A lot of excited players wanted to know whether they’ll be able to play the game on PlayStation VR as well but sadly NinjaTheory won’t be making the jump to that platform. “Hellblade VR won’t be coming to PSVR, purely because the VR Edition has been created for very high-end PC VR set ups,” the studio said in a tweet.
So even though our PlayStation friends will be missing out on this one – for now at least because you never know what the future holds, this should be great news to anyone who has been looking for a large-scale adventure game in VR with AAA quality. The world and story in Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice are probably it’s most impressive features with the main character taking you along her journey through the underworld and the dangers she has to face, while also showing some flashbacks of her life before coming to this dark place. The gameplay and combat flows smoothly with a third person view and that perspective is being kept in the VR version, meaning you’ll still control Senua in third-person.
Take a look at this developer diary announcing Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice VR and detailing how the developers tackled things like movement, cutscenes, and combat to make these elements look and feel great in VR.
No Sacrifice In Quality
There are quite a few elements that should translate really well to VR in Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, especially the parts of her mental illness where you hear voices in your head and see elements in the world that aren’t really there. The puzzles should also work well in VR because most of them involve studying the environment and lining up certain elements in that environment to create symbols in the air.
So whether you’re a huge Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice fan who’s excited to become even more immersed in the world of Hellheim, or you’re just looking for a great new story-intense game to try out in VR, this news should come as a big motivation to dust off your headset and get playing. Just make sure you’re specs can handle the VR version because you’ll need a fairly high-end PC to be able to properly run the game. The studio recommends minimum specs of Intel i5 3570K or AMD FX-8350, 8 GB RAM, and either a NVIDIA GTX 1080 or AMD Radeon RX 580.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice VR will come to the original title on Steam in a free update next week on July 31st.