Ninja Theory’s latest game, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, has been in the news recently for apparently deleting your save game file if you died a lot. Ninja Theory are the same folk who brought you Enslaved: Odyssey to the West and the somewhat recent Devil May Cry reboot, DmC: Devil may Cry.
Now if you’ve played those games and are familiar with Ninja Theory’s other games, this permadeath concept is very unlike them. So it was quite unexpected when you’re greeted with a warning when you start Hellblade: “The dark rot will grow each time you fail. If the rot reaches Senua’s head, her quest is over. And all progress will be lost.”
This had quite a few people riled up. Many games offer permadeath as one of the game’s modes. Good examples would be Diablo III and XCOM among many others. However, they offered them as optional modes, players were free to choose permadeath when they wanted a challenge. They were not too happy with the idea of permadeath being forced upon you as an integral part of the game’s mechanics.
This isn’t exactly helping the game though, as people who hear about the ‘forced permadeath’ immediately turn away. John “Totalbiscuit” Bain of YouTube fame slammed the game calling it a waste of everyone’s time.
Those of you who have been following Hellblade will know that it has very specific themes, and as such adding permadeath adds another layer to the whole theme.
But hold up! There’s a plot twist. A writer for PCGamesN decided to actually test the permadeath feature out and guess what, his progress was not wiped. He proceeded to call the permadeath “a bluff”, which was put into the game just for effect.
However, on the other side, players on NeoGAF have reported that the permadeath does indeed exist, just not exactly in the way every perceived initially.
There are safeguards in place and in order to achieve permadeath you would need to die multiple times across multiple checkpoints.
Ninja Theory hasn’t added or said anything about this yet.
Manish "Trigger-Happy" Rajesh
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