DEVELOPER DIARY | PS4 Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | 2:38 PM

Hellblade first dev diary

Hellblade first dev diary

Revealed two weeks ago during Gamescom, Ninja Theory new project Hellblade gets its first developer diary in which the team discusses how they created the teaser

Dev Diary #1
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Commented on 2014-08-27 15:14:16
So Ninja Theory now is a publisher... Sony paid them off then to keep the thing a timed exclusive... interesting...
Commented on 2014-08-27 16:02:11
Hellblade? Any relation to Heavenly Sword?
Commented on 2014-08-27 16:04:31
The only thing I care about less than CGI trailers is how much time, effort, and resources were wasted on them.
Commented on 2014-08-27 16:24:10 In reply to Loakum
Posted by Loakum
Hellblade? Any relation to Heavenly Sword?
No. It's a completely new franchise.
Commented on 2014-08-27 17:12:42
Really love this studio... I hate that they revealed the game so early though, the wait is gonna suck
Commented on 2014-08-27 17:39:39
I was about to say if you have nothing show nothing. But I quite enjoyed that developer diary granted I love ninja theory but irrespective of that it gives a lot of insight into elements many would disregard e.g. I would never have guessed that so much effort went into some trailers. Love the music as well.
Commented on 2014-08-27 18:02:37
Now just think about if all of at effort had gone into development... how much further along they would be for it. Instead they've delayed any potential progress to create a pre-rendered trailer that does nothing but exist as a standalone work.

"Look what we did instead of developing the game that this trailer advertises!"
Commented on 2014-08-27 18:18:24 In reply to theshape31
Posted by theshape31
Now just think about if all of at effort had gone into development... how much further along they would be for it. Instead they've delayed any potential progress to create a pre-rendered trailer that does nothing but exist as a standalone work.

"Look what we did instead of developing the game that this trailer advertises!"
That's a pretty silly outlook. They mentioned that the game hadn't been staffed yet, finishing another project. These guys weren't going to make a game on their own. And since they're self-publishing this they need to announce it on a big stage to generate sales.
Commented on 2014-08-27 18:30:27 In reply to GFreeman
Posted by GFreeman
No. It's a completely new franchise.
are ya sure, because that woman in the trailer looks like a grown version of that weird girl "Kai" http://i.imgur.com/Pqc1y6i.jpg from "Heavenly Sword" who use to play "twing-twang" (which basically means kills the bad guys).
Commented on 2014-08-27 19:48:00
I expect this to be at least pretty decent. In my heart Heavenly Sword was a little bit underrated even tho I understand why. It was too short, too repetitive, but also was damn good imo.
Commented on 2014-08-27 22:32:13
This looks like Heavenly Sword in art style, which many of their games do. such as Enslaves's trip, which she looks like a future relative of Nariko.
http://heavenlynariko.wordpress.com/2010/09/29/evo...

It seems that ninja theory's artists like to retain art assets through each iteration they do. the usage of face paint and hair styles; are these key assets they like to bring over.

The trailer was running in-engine through UE4, and it looks marvelous on how well they've used the tools. here's hoping for the best now that they're publishers of their game.
Commented on 2014-08-27 23:26:24
She is fit
Commented on 2014-08-27 23:39:37 In reply to theshape31
Posted by theshape31
The only thing I care about less than CGI trailers is how much time, effort, and resources were wasted on them.
The game developers don't create them you massive idiot. No time or resources were wasted.
Commented on 2014-08-28 04:21:05 In reply to NoClip
Posted by NoClip
The game developers don't create them you massive idiot. No time or resources were wasted.
Oh if you only understood just how much time and money is actually spent.

The artists that make these CGI trailers begin long collaborations with the developers so that character likeness and other in-game assets are accurately represented. None of these CGI houses goes off and makes a trailer on their own. It can take months to produce these little shorts, and that also means money.

They also serve a purpose. They not only peek gamer interest but can also attract investors, especially if you have nothing in-game to show or reveal. So CGI trailers aren't just eye candy, they're also a necessity for business.
Commented on 2014-08-28 05:09:26
At 00:45 in the dev diary they distinctively rule out the usage of CG for marketing their games. They also said the assets are "in-engine" using UE4, at 03:00.

The assets that they work on usually passes over to in-game. From there they start polishing (or editing if necessary) to make the game run on the platform.
Commented on 2014-08-28 09:19:08 In reply to theshape31
It's a completely new franchise, they went to GC to announce the game and gain a following, they're very early on in development and going to share the whole process with us, the trailer was completely real time using unreal engine 4 and it's a completely new franchise with a new protagonist called, Senua and it's due out first on PS4 before they go multiplatform because they don't have the numbers for it yet. With these dev diaries you're about to see how much time and effort goes into making a game.
Commented on 2014-08-28 10:56:14
Have any of you here actually watched the developer diary??? He explicitly said that the trailer was made using the game engine! this is not CG!
Commented on 2014-09-01 16:35:05 In reply to GrimThorne
Posted by GrimThorne
Oh if you only understood just how much time and money is actually spent.

The artists that make these CGI trailers begin long collaborations with the developers so that character likeness and other in-game assets are accurately represented. None of these CGI houses goes off and makes a trailer on their own. It can take months to produce these little shorts, and that also means money.

They also serve a purpose. They not only peek gamer interest but can also attract investors, especially if you have nothing in-game to show or reveal. So CGI trailers aren't just eye candy, they're also a necessity for business.
Especially that developer states that this trailer is not CGI.
Commented on 2014-09-05 02:52:29 In reply to Loakum
Posted by Loakum
Hellblade? Any relation to Heavenly Sword?
Heavenly Sword was pretty much one story...

This seems like it could be something else completely.

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