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Die enough in Hellblade, and the game deletes your save

by Joey Davidson | August 8, 2017August 8, 2017 3:00 pm PDT

Oh man, I love that a AAA, major title from a major developer is going this hard on a permadeath mechanic.

Ninja Theory’s Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice launches for the PC and PlayStation 4 today. The reviews and general coverage of the game have revealed how it handles permadeath; that is, dying and losing progress for good.

One gameplay video, in particular, shows this in action.

Essentially, once Senua, the main character, dies enough, something starts to happen. A dark blotch spreads up her right arm. If it spreads all the way up to her head, growing a bit with each death, Senua dies forever.

What does “dies forever” mean? As the headline of this article reveals, the game will actually delete your entire save file.

You’ll need to begin Senua’s sacrifice all over again. It supposedly checks in at six-to-eight hours in length. That’s not too bad. If this were a 20, 30 or 40-hour game, a mechanic like this might keep even me from playing.

As it stands now, this notion of visible, punishing permadeath seems wonderful.

Anyone picking up Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice today?

Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...