British developer behind Enslaved: Odyssey to the West as well as DmC: Devil May Cry and not forgetting Heavenly Sword is back with a bigger better action packed game titled Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. The name, as many people think, has some similarities compared to its predecessor and if you ask me that is not the only similarity.
The lead character, Senua, is almost identical to Kai, who is the adopted sister of Nariko, the protagonist from the action game back in 2007 that debuted on PlayStation 3. The names of the two games are also challenging a debate, Hell/Heaven. Blade/Sword.
So how come it is not part of Heavenly Sword? Dominic Mathews, who is part of the development team says that Hellblade is not in any way tied to the heavenly sword. He also adds that it is not a spiritual sequel of heavenly sword. This followed after critics hinted at Heavenly Sword being some kind of narrative link to Hellblade. In Hellblade’s defense, Mathews says that there are new characters in a brand new world that are not at all related.
Ninja theory, however, will reserve the rights to the new game that will be released on the PS4 platform. This does not mean that the PC and Xbox versions will not be available so be patient people.
For my fellow gamers out there who think that Hellblade is Heavenly Sword 2, you will have to think twice as developer Mathews warns. From development to release, the game is way different coming to think of it. It is shorter and smaller than its predecessor Heavenly Sword not forgetting the agility and transparency that comes with Hellblade. Whether it is a spiritual sequel or not that is a debate that will undoubtedly be hotly contested in the future, in the meantime, I’m sure we all love fighting some evil from hell.