A new development diary is out for Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, and if there’s one thing I really like about developer diaries, it’s that it gives those who watch them an opportunity to see just how expansive the development of a game can get. Oftentimes its astounding ow much work the developers put into certain odds and ends – whatever you thought of Far Cry Primal, you’ve got to give the team credit for working with linguists to craft a new language for the game, right?
This new developer’s diary for Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice details the work that went into making the strange disembodied voices Senua hears in her head as authentic as possible to the experiences of those who suffer from “auditory verbal hallucinations” in real life.
That’s not just some term I pulled out of nowhere – the team got in contact with a variety of individuals while researching this aspect of the game, speaking to those who have experienced hearing voices first hand at Recovery College East as well as Professor of Psychology Charles Fernyhough of the University of Durham and the “Hearing the Voice” project, which aims to research the phenomenon of hearing voices across a wide range of psychological conditions.
If you ask me the video is definitely worth the watch. It’s fascinating learning about the experiences of those who have encountered the phenomenon – such as how people who hear voices tend to consider each one as a distinct character, and how Ninja Theory applied what they learned to Senua’s story. This includes using binaural recording technology to make the voices naturally come at the player from all angles and much more.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is currently scheduled for release on PS4 and PC later this year.