Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Trailer Continues To Avoid Showing Gameplay

Ninja Theory released a new official trailer for Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice for the PlayStation 4 and PC. The trailer features two minutes of footage from the upcoming title, as fans continue to beg to see what the actual gameplay is like.

It’s an impressive looking game at times. Some of the cinematics look pretty good, and the way that Ninja Theory has used the Unreal Engine for the shaders and lighting is unmistakably striking, but the trailer still leaves gamers completely in the dark as to what the actual gameplay will be. You can check it out below.

One might be convinced that Ninja Theory was trying to sell gamers a partially interactive movie for $29.99.

Just as they begin to show some of the combat it all turns into slow motion and we still get the whole vignette effect that keeps everything in cinematic mode.

Fanboys and defenders of Ninja Theory continue to rally around the game, saying that those complaining about the lack of gameplay can go sift through the many developer diaries to spot out the handful of seconds of combat or walking around, but if the average gamer is still perplexed about what the actual gameplay is like in a game like Hellblade, I think there’s a communication error on the side of the developers or marketing team in terms of conveying what the game actually is.

Constantly telling people it’s an emotional “experience” isn’t going to be enough to convince a lot of gamers to part ways with $30, especially when other higher-profile games like Uncharted and Destiny 2 are right around the corner.

Ninja Theory has reiterated often enough that the game is only half the price of a standard AAA title with half the amount of content. So expect anywhere between four to six hours worth of gameplay… assuming they’re using the eight hour standard as a reference point.

You can look for Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice to launch on Steam and PS4 starting August 8th.


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