Tomorrow (October 10th) is World Mental Health Day, and the developers of Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice have announced that they'll be donating all the proceeds from tomorrow's sales of the game to charity in recognition of the occasion.
Hellblade is a superb exploration of mental illness told with poise and poignancy.
In an effort to continue raising awareness around the issue, each and every sale of Hellblade will be donated to Rethink Mental Illness. "We are delighted to be supporting this important work with this donation".
In a year of back to back blockbusters of disproportionate scale, it might have been hard for a game focusing on mental illness to make much of a mark. Hellblade's protagonist, Senua, suffers from psychosis in the game and this is something the developer has attempted to deal with in a very thoughtful, and impactful manner.
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Senua's psychosis manifests itself in visions and voices that were created to closely resemble lived experiences of people with mental illnesses who consulted on the game.
To celebrate, Ninja Theory have put together an accolades trailer, but instead of the customary smattering of review quotes, they've gone for a different approach: all the quotes featured in the trailer are from fans. The Accolades trailer includes images taken with the game's photo mode but also includes testimony from those that have played and found the journey to be relatable. If you haven't gotten to it yet though, you might want to consider purchasing it today.
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is now available for PlayStation 4 as a console exclusive and for PC via Steam.