Today being World Mental Health Day, all proceeds from Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice will go to charity. Also, a new trailer with the accolades that matter.
Developer Ninja Theory has announced that on the occasion of World Mental Health Day, all proceeds from the sales of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice for the day will go to a UK-based mental health charity. The charity is called Rethink Mental Illness, and if you’d like your money to go to a good cause, today’s a good day to buy the game.
While the representation of mental illness is many video games is relegated to ‘psycho’ villains and other harmful tropes, Hellblade takes a brave look at what it’s like to live with psychosis through the eyes of its protagonist Senua. One way the characterisation was made particularly authentic was that the developers consulted neuroscientists and people dealing with psychosis.
The game struck a chord with those suffering from mental illness, as is evidenced from the new Accolades trailer released by the developer below. Rather than featuring a cohort of stars and review quotes, this trailer features messages received by the developer from people who were deeply affected by the game. Furthermore, the images in the trailer are all composed of screenshots taken by the game’s player community, thanks to the game’s Photo Mode.
Hellblade launched in August this year to acclaim from both critics and players. It holds an 83 rating on both OpenCritic and MetaCritic, and player ratings have been aggregated to a Very Positive rating on Steam.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is available now on PC and PS4.
For more games that are trying to make a difference, have a look at Missing, which is about human trafficking in India. Also have a look at The Lion’s Song, which follows the trials of struggling creatives.