Hm, an interesting cross-platform marketing idea here, as Valiant is working with game development studio Ninja Theory and artist Ben Templesmith to create a digital comic for an upcoming game. Hellblade: Senua’s Song #1 will be written by Ninja Theory Co- Founder & Chief Creative Director Tameem Antoniades and be available as a preorder bonus for all orders of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice placed on Steam and GOG.com before the game’s August 8th, 2017 release on PlayStation 4 and PC.
The comics is written as one long epic poem, and qith no panels, a freeform format that Templesmith excels as, as you can see.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice will be released on August 8th, 2017 for PlayStation 4 and PC and is currently available for pre-order on PC via Steam and GOG.com for $29.99/€29.99/£24.99.
“Since Valiant and Ninja Theory’s paths first crossed, we realized that we are two creative organizations with very similar outlooks. We share a dedication to quality, creativity and giving our fans what they want. It has been fantastic to work with the talented team at Valiant to bring Hellblade: Senua’s Song to life in such a beautiful way,” said Ninja Theory Co-Founder & Chief Creative Director Tameem Antoniades.
“Ninja Theory and Valiant have been working behind the scenes for some time now, and we’ve had the chance to see the development process behind Hellblade up close,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “Not only is the experience deeply compelling, but, most importantly, Senua is a complex and captivating lead character whose journey is heartbreaking, inspirational and
revelatory all at once. We’re all fans and admirers of Ninja Theory here, and they share a creative POV with Valiant that is grounded in strong storytelling and deep characterization. We couldn’t be happier to contribute to Hellblade’s enthralling mythology in some small way, and we look forward to future collaborations.”
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice comes from the makers of Heavenly Sword, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, and DmC: Devil May Cry. It is the story of Senua, a traumatized Celtic warrior journeying into the Viking underworld of Hel. Created in collaboration with neuroscientists and people who experience psychosis, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice will pull players deep into Senua’s mind.
Oh and there’s also a trailer.
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