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New Hellblade Screenshots & Release Date

Posted in Hellblade, Ninja Theory with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2017 by HeavenlyNariko

Hellblade will be released August 8th on PlayStation 4 and PC

Check out the new trailer below!

Available to pre-order on PS4 & Steam now!

 

Revealing The Finer Details Of Hellblade’s Mysterious Heroine

Posted in Hellblade, Ninja Theory with tags , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2017 by HeavenlyNariko

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Ninja Theory’s upcoming game Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is being developed by a small team, with a modest budget. That doesn’t mean that the studio is scrimping on the details, however. One of the biggest areas that they’re putting particular focus on is the titular character, Senua. Today, we’re taking a closer look at the Pict warrior, pointing out the inspirations, historical roots, and other easily missed details behind her creation.

Hellblade is set around 790 AD, according to the game’s creative director, Tameem Antoniades. “It’s specifically that period because the Christians haven’t arrived yet,” he says. “It’s in the Orkney Islands, which is just off Scotland. Shortly after the Vikings landed in Orkney, the Celtic population in Orkney disappeared. People don’t know why. The story sets out to explain that.”

One of the mysteries that Hellblade is addressing – as fictional as the solution may be – is Senua herself. “They discovered a goddess fairly recently in England, and the only thing they found was a carving on a stone that says, ‘To the goddess Senua. We have fulfilled our vow.’ And there are some gifts there. There’s nothing else known about this goddess. We thought there was a nice little mystery there – who’s this goddess and what vow was fulfilled?

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Senua
Senua’s in-game model is the result of high-tech scans and motion capture. A Serbian company, 3Lateral, scanned in the face of actress Melina Juergens using proprietary technology. Juergens portrays the role of Senua in the game, and she’s also Ninja Theory’s video editor.

Face paint
The Picts’ distinctive face-painting is the reason why the Celtic tribe earned the name. “The Picts were a people that used to paint themselves in war paint using woad, like Mel Gibson in Braveheart – though he was several hundred years too late. The Pictish warriors were given the name by the Romans, because they were pictoral. They were like barbarians, and were mostly naked in fact,” Antoniades says. Records from this time period are sparse, and what the painted designs actually looked like has been lost to history. Ninja Theory decided to keep Senua’s paint simple, and within the bounds of something that she would be able to apply to her own body. “We actually grabbed paint and made patterns on paper and scanned it in and put it on her,” he says. If you look closely, you might be able to see finger marks and other distinctive smears.

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Hair
Senua’s hair is a striking part of the character’s profile, and it’s also rooted in history. “They put lime in their hair, that would clump up and give them this dreadlock look,” Antoniades says. Her hair is decorated with a variety of small stones and beads, though that flourish has more to do with art design than historical accuracy. “They’re just little decorations kind of holding that stuff together. We put that in mainly because she’s so dark, and it helped to bring it out.”

Headpiece
Senua is a fierce warrior, but one of the biggest battles she’s fought has been internal. The character is battling psychosis, and she hears and sees things that other people don’t. It’s an element that’s more fully explored in gameplay, but her headpiece is a physical reminder. “Part of the idea is that the voices that are intruding on her, she wears this almost as a kind of protector,” Antoniades says. The word “barbarian” is often used disparagingly, but the Celts of this era were skilled craftsmen. “All the jewelry is incredibly ornate, from the period.”

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Furred collar
What kind of animal fur is Senua sporting? Antoniades says it’s based on wolf.

Brooch
Senua’s brooch has significance to her past. “It’s a warrior pin that’s almost like a little sword; it represents her warrior status that Dillion probably gave her.” Dillion is Senua’s former lover, and as we’ll soon learn, the pin isn’t the only physical relic of his that she’s hauling around. “These brooches, they’re very common Celtic pins for women,” Antoniades says. “But the Vikings really liked them, and they appropriated them. So when you see Vikings TV shows you’ll see these ornate brooches that were actually meant for women.” The design is also an interesting – and mysterious – detail. “The threes seem to be common in Celtic symbology. They don’t really know what it means, or why it’s so significant. It’s hard to unpack what these things could have meant, because the Celts didn’t write down a lot, or the things that they did write down didn’t survive. But it’s variously described as infinity or when the Christians kind of appropriated Celtic and Pagan symbolism, that was then turned into the trinity – but it didn’t start off meaning the trinity, it meant something else that we don’t really know about.”

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Sword
Senua’s sword is critically important in combat, but the game’s not a stylish-action game like some of Ninja Theory’s previous titles. She uses it to battle Vikings, but the game has extended sequences that don’t feature any swordplay at all. She also loses it at a certain point in the story, where it’s replaced with a blade that she puts particular significance upon. Is it the titular hellblade? Not necessarily. “I thought of her as the Hellblade; she is the Hellblade,” Antoniades says. “It’s not the sword that’s important in this story, like it was in Heavenly Sword. It’s her.”

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The sack
What’s in the sack? Well, it’s Dillion’s head. Senua believes that the head contains the soul of the departed, and she’s taking it with her to bargain for her love’s release. It’s a grim totem, but that’s not the most disturbing part. “The head itself isn’t complete [at this point in development], but at times you see it suck in breath,” Antoniades says.

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Mirror
Senua’s mirror isn’t just for checking on Pictish paint. These items had an important role in the period, which is also the case in Hellblade. “They were considered magical. They weren’t made of glass and silver, like the mirrors you get now,” Antoniades says. “They were made of polished iron, so they were really rough and the reflections were ambiguous. Druids used to use them to see into the underworld. It’s based on a real Celtic mirror.”

 

Ninja Theory Announces Hellblade.

Posted in Hellblade, Ninja Theory with tags , , , , , on August 12, 2014 by HeavenlyNariko

Let’s Start A Twitter Campaign..

Posted in Heavenly Sword, Ninja Theory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2013 by HeavenlyNariko

Do you want Heavenly Sword 2 as much as I do?

Let’s take action and tweet Sony and PlayStation and tell them we want this..

Tweet #HeavenlySword2ByNinjaTheory to Sony and PlayStation

It’s Rant Time…Heavenly Sword Movie Trailer!!

Posted in Heavenly Sword with tags , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2013 by HeavenlyNariko

I didn’t want to talk about this or give it ANY attention what so ever but it’s annoyed me sooo much that I need to vent.

I will not post the trailer since it’s so bad it will make my eyes bleed if I ever watch it again.

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Nariko is played once again by Anna Torv, sad thing is Anna sounds very wooden in her portrayal of Nariko in this film and I’m not sure I blame her with some of the truly crappy dialogue they’ve given her.

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King Bohan is now played by Alfred Molina, I have nothing against Alfred in fact I think he’s a great actor and I loved his performance in Spider-man 2 but if you’re a big HS fan like me you know only one man can play Bohan and that is Andy Serkis.

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Who the heck is this guy, well apparently this is Nariko’s brother Loki (looks like someone didn’t play the Ninja Theory game)

Here is the exact quote from the intro to Heavenly Sword by Nariko herself…

“I should not have been, it was written that 23 years ago in the year of the firehorse. A deity would be reborn in the body of a mortal man. A saviour, destined to unite our people and show us the way to the promise land. Instead I was born from my mother’s dying body and my people wept. They said I was a portent of doom..maybe they were right.”

This plainly states Nariko is the ONLY child of Shen and his wife. This was one of the most important aspects of Heavenly Sword, Nariko’s isolation from her father and the other members of the clan because they hated her for being a ‘curse’.

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Kai is back too but I’m unsure who plays her, but it doesn’t sound like Lydia Baksh (who played Kai in the video game) She isn’t shown enough to know if she is exactly like her video game character.

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The way he says this is so creepy it’s like he’s hitting on them or something *yuck*

There are a lot of glaring mistakes in this film too.

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First mistake I noticed in the trailer.. a clan member is seen taking Kai’s necklace and teasing her, the clan NEVER did this, In fact I’d say Kai was popular with them. (she was found by Nariko and quickly welcomed into the clan) Kai is Nariko’s only friend and adopted little sister.

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Nariko’s sleeve is on the wrong side but in the next shot in the trailer

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It’s back on the left, Nariko’s top must have magical shoulder swapping powers.

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I never saw horses in the final battle.

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The Heavenly Sword is an ancient and mystical weapon, but it never fired beams of light into the sky.

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Not a mistake but.. this was one of my favourite sequences from the game (The Goddess) and I just know this crappy film will do this incredible scene no justice.

Well my rant is officially over, let’s hope this movie fades into obscurity and is never mentioned again.

 

Ninja Theory Working On Exciting New Things!

Posted in Ninja Theory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2013 by HeavenlyNariko

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50 PlayStation 3 Games That You Should Play Before You Die!

Posted in Heavenly Sword, Ninja Theory with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 23, 2013 by HeavenlyNariko

24. Heavenly Sword

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Emotionally charged, stunningly beautiful and delivering unprecedented dramatic character performance, Heavenly Sword showcased the power of PlayStation 3. A dramatic tale of revenge sees Nariko, a fiery red-haired heroine embark on a quest for vengeance against an invading King and his army. The story builds around the ancient Heavenly Sword which once belonged to a powerful deity. It can never be wielded by a mortal without it draining their life-force, killing them within hours.

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