Hellblade Receives 9 BAFTA Nominations

Hellblade Receives 9 BAFTA Nominations

Today we are extremely proud to announce that Hellblade has received an incredible 9 nominations for BAFTA Games!

Here are our categories:
Best Game
British Game
Artistic Achievement
Audio Achievement
Performer (Melina Juergens as Senua)
Narrative
Music
Game Innovation
Game Beyond Entertainment

Wish us luck in the awards ceremony on the 12th of April! You can view the full list of categories and nominations here.

Hellblade Nominated for 5 DICE Awards

Hellblade Nominated for 5 DICE Awards

We are honoured that Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice has been nominated for 5 DICE Awards! We are up for following categories:

Outstanding Achievement in Animation
Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction
Outstanding Achievement in Character – Senua
Outstanding Achievement in Story
Outstanding Technical Achievement

The ceremony will take place on February 22nd this year. Thank you for all of your support!

Hellblade Discounted to Celebrate Award Wins

Hellblade Discounted to Celebrate Award Wins

We’re honoured to announce that Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice won three awards at The Game Awards last night: Games for Impact, Best Audio, and Best Performance.

To celebrate, Hellblade is now discounted across the Steam and PlayStation stores! Save 25% on Steam and PlayStation Store US until December 9th, and 30% on PlayStation Store EMEA & ANZ until December 11th.

Get Hellblade here:
PlayStation EU / US   l   Steam

A special thank you to everyone who voted for us in The Game Awards, we couldn’t have done it without you.

Hellblade Final Dev Diary – The Launch

Hellblade Final Dev Diary – The Launch

It is 3 months since the launch of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and today we are happy to be sharing the final development diary in our 30 video series. In the diary we discuss how the Independent AAA model has turned from experiment into proven model, detailing key numbers from Hellblade’s launch:

  • Over 75k pre-orders across PC and PS4 before launch.
  • 250K units sold in the first week at $29.99.
  • Over $13m in revenue generated in 3 months.
  • 500k units sold in 3 months, which puts the project beyond breakeven and into profit. Our prediction was to be at this point in 6 months from release.
  • Development took 3 years and with an average team size of 20.
  • Game sold as digital-only.

Some words from Tameem Antoniades, Co-founder and Chief Creative Ninja, on the success of Hellblade:

“The escalating stakes in the AAA retail publishing model has killed off countless independent studios like us, many smaller publishers, and is now straining even the largest of publishers.  This isn’t survival of the fittest but a routing of the creative base upon which this industry was built.

The future isn’t written and we don’t believe that the writing is on the wall.  AAA will always exist but we need strong alternatives as well.

Three years ago we announced our intention to find a way to do our best work outside of the AAA retail model and have openly documented the journey in our thirty development diaries.

The final step is to share our commercial model and digital sales data for the benefit of other developers.  The more data we have for alternative business models, the more developers can take informed commercial and creative risks.  For the benefit of our beloved medium, we’d like to encourage other developers to share their own data as well wherever possible.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us and made Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice a commercial and creative success.”

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is available now for $29.99/€29.99/£24.99:
PlayStation EU / US   l   Steam   l   GOG

Thank you for your incredible support throughout this journey with us!

Vote for Hellblade in The Game Awards

Vote for Hellblade in The Game Awards

We are very proud to share with you that Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice has received 5 nominations in The Game Awards!

You can vote for Hellblade in the following categories:
Best Narrative
Best Audio Design
Games for Impact
Best Independent Game
Best Performance for Senua actress Melina Juergens

To submit your votes, follow this link: http://thegameawards.com/awards/

The winners will be announced on the 7th of December. Thank you for your support!

One Day Left to Vote for Hellblade

One Day Left to Vote for Hellblade

There is just one day left to vote for Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice in the Gamesradar Golden Joystick Awards!

We have been shortlisted for 4 categories: Best Audio, Breakthrough & Best Performance for our Senua actress Melina Juergens, and Studio of the Year.

Get your votes in by clicking here!

World Mental Health Day Donation Totals Over £60,000

World Mental Health Day Hellblade Donation Totals Over £60,000

We are proud to announce that by donating all of the Ninja Theory proceeds from the sale of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice on World Mental Health Day (October 10th) to charity, we have raised £60,798.80 (approx $80,000/€69,000) for mental health charity Rethink Mental Illness.

Speaking of the donation, Tameem Antoniades (Ninja Theory co-founder and Chief Creative Ninja) said ‘We’re proud of our fans for showing their kindness towards others who, like our hero Senua, need our help and support to continue the good fight. Our donation to Rethink Mental Illness will impact many people’s lives in a meaningful way and help shed light on their darkness. Our small gesture has made a big difference. Thank you.’

Rethink Mental Illness exists to support and campaign for those severely affected by mental illness. They help millions of people affected by mental illness by challenging attitudes and changing lives. Jemima Woolgar (Rethink Mental Illness Events & Community Fundraising Manager) said ‘Your generous donation will make a big difference to the work that we do here at Rethink Mental Illness. The donation is the equivalent of employing two of our full-time colleagues to answer calls to our advice and information line, helping people newly diagnosed with mental illness get more information and support – which is fantastic.’

For more information on Rethink Mental Illness visit Rethink.org

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is out now for PlayStation 4 and PC. The recently released ‘Accolades Trailer’, created with fan-made screenshots and quotes from some of the touching messages received by Ninja Theory from players, can be seen here: