Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice suffering from save game progression issues

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice suffering from save game progression issues

Naturally, players will need to start the experience over from the start on the next playthrough.

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice will release for PS4 and PC on August 8th, 2017.

Hellblade players hear voices as if they are Senua, the game's main protagonist. As described by PCGamesN, the permadeath mechanic is a "bluff" and the game does not erase players' save data. The good news is it's not a one death and you're back to the start of the game system. The more she dies, the more that rot grows, and, if it reaches Senua's head, she dies permanently, and your progress is lost.

Hellblade is all about fear, so why not give players something to be afraid of?

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The game has been developed by Ninja Theory with the help of mental health experts, people with personal experience of psychosis and Wellcome. However, we do feel that it is something that Ninja Theory should have spoken about openly prior to the game's release today, or made a more substantial effort to get the message out there. Emphasis on could be. There's safety in checkpoints, but Hellblade doesn't want players thinking they can rely on them. You can check out the final episode of the studio's developer diary videos below, along with a playlist featuring the previous 28 episodes of the game's developer diaries. It's a game that immediately immerses you into its horrors, but the moment you hit pause and select Reset to try again from your last checkpoint, the game loses half of its tension.

A number of people have expressed their opinions online both for and against the idea of permadeath in Hellblade, although there are still no recorded instances of people actually losing all of their progress in the game from dying too much.

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