Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, released today, has an interesting permadeath mechanic. The more you die, the closer you get to needing to restart the whole game, players are told.
Players are quickly realizing they need to be extra careful, which falls right into the developers’ plans.
Warning: Mild Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice spoilers ahead.
Instead of seeing a traditional Game Over screen, Hellblade players’ deaths will be met with an explanation that if they keep dying, they’ll eventually have to start all the way back at the beginning of the game. On the surface, it’s a pretty harsh punishment, and not very common for narrative-driven games like Hellblade. Read more…