October 10 is World Mental Health Day an awareness event run annually by the Mental Health Foundation. This year, the main focus of the event is workplace-related mental health issues. But in game-related news, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice developer Ninja Thoery announced that every purchase of the game today will effectively be a donation to Rethink, a mental health charity organization based in the UK.
Accompanying this announcement is a new Accolades trailer for Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. Usually an “Accolades” trailer is a sizzle-reel plastered with review scores and quotes from various outlets, such as ourselves. Instead, Ninja Theory’s comprises in-game screenshots from fans using Hellblade’s photo mode, coupled with letters sent in from fans who felt affected by the game’s themes and storyline.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is an action game, but one centered around a character suffering from psychosis. The game’s creative team consulted mental health professionals and more in order to carefully tackle the intended themes.