Hellblade Developer Ninja Theory Announces Plans for Senua’s Scholarship

Developer Ninja Theory has revealed new plans for a scholarship inspired by its work on the critically acclaimed Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice.

The studio behind DmC: Devil May Cry has entered into a partnership with Cambridge Recovery College East for Senua’s Scholarship, which will “provide funding to train a student every year to become a tutor in mental health support.”

The Cambridge-based developer made the announcement on Twitter, as well as releasing a video (posted below) featuring Ninja Theory commercial director Dominic Matthews and Recovery College East manager Tracey Bartlett detailing the scheme.

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“We are proud to announce Senua’s Scholarship!” the studio tweeted. “A Ninja Theory-funded scholarship that supports the training of mental health tutors and their incredible work [at Cambridge Recovery College East], one of our key collaborators on Hellblade.”

Along with other members of the development team, Matthews spoke at BAFTA’s Guru Live in London last month and revealed how the studio shared the independent AAA title with people who suffered from mental health.

Hellblade follows the story of the Celtic warrior Senua, who is on a mission to save the soul of her dead lover from the Viking hell.

Earlier this week, Ninja Theory confirmed that it would be collaborating with 505 Games for the physical release of Hellblade on PlayStation 4. Microsoft, on the other hand, will publish the Xbox One version.

Debuting at Gamescom in 2014, the action-adventure title was released digitally on PS4 and PC in 2017 and in 2018 for Xbox One. It has shipped more than one million copies across all platforms.

In Hardcore Gamer’s review, we pointed out the fact that “there’s no denying Ninja Theory’s narrative depiction of mental health is an infectious one — the type of narrative that has been long overdue in this industry. Helped significantly by the heights of its technical graphics and the emphatic performance of its cast.”