Hellblade Devs Shocked at How Well it Sold on PC - PC Gamers Greater Priority Going Forward

Written by Stuart Thomas on Thu, Apr 26, 2018 11:23 AM
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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice developer Ninja Theory has opened up about the continued success of its smash-hit character action game. It arrived last year after much hype over its position as an “indie AAA” experience, and on that front it delivered. Hellblade offers AAA production valuations on a tighter, shorter package. In the ensuing months though, Ninja Theory has been surprised by just how much of a success Hellblade has been on PC.

Hellblade was originally created with the PS4 in mind; Ninja Theory is a studio heavily linked with PlayStation platforms ever since it debuted with Heavenly Sword on PS3 in 2007.

"We did see this as primarily a PlayStation 4 title, and we thought that platform would be the bulk of our sales, and in fact, it was pretty evenly split,” said Ninja Theory’s chief creative director, Tameem Antoniades, in an interview with PC gamer. “So going forward, we will make sure that we get our interface and everything right for the PC audience as well.”

It’s rare to see a console-focused product sell as many copies on PC as it does console, but this is further evidence of the incredible growth of PC gaming in recent years. There’s a thirst for what we’d normally deem console-centric games on the platform, indicative of console players moving on to PC in order to benefit from better visuals, higher frame rates and resolutions, and of course keyboard and mouse support.

Talking of which, it turns out that there was a higher than expected number of crazies who played the action-adventure game with a mouse and keyboard, rather than a gamepad as Ninja Theory had expected. "We were so surprised that so many people played the game with mouse and keyboard, and we dropped the ball a little bit at the start. We patched it afterwards, but we dropped the ball with our mouse and keyboard support."

To that end, it sounds as if PC versions of Ninja Theory’s future titles are going to be given greater attention going forward. It’s evidently a far more lucrative market than the developer had prepared for, which can only be a good thing.

Have we got any Hellblade fans lurking here on GD? Did you play with mouse and keyboard or gamepad? Let us know!

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04:43 May-08-2018

Real recognize real can't wait for the next game.

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02:14 May-07-2018

loved this game I just want to play it more and more when I think about it and yes hooray for us PC Gamers

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01:33 Apr-28-2018

Actuallly really enjoyed this game

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07:24 Apr-27-2018

Yet another proof that quality games will always sell, even if the devs don't use cumbersome anti-tamper technologies.

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03:52 Apr-27-2018

GOG Edition FTW :D

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17:00 Apr-26-2018

Tell Naughty Dog to give us Uncharted collection

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02:11 Apr-28-2018

oh yes please!!!

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16:30 Apr-26-2018

Someone noticed, that PC users actually do buy games?? Impossible...

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16:12 Apr-26-2018

Used F170 logitech controller & headphone. Damn shiok la.

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16:01 Apr-26-2018

this game should have won GOTY

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17:46 Apr-26-2018

didnt it just come out

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21:08 Apr-26-2018

Last summer actually.

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13:01 Apr-26-2018

Loved the game. Played it on a DS4 controller, I usually don't play RPGs with KB/M. Good to see they notice the potential in this market, and hopefully more will follow suit ^.^

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12:22 Apr-26-2018

Played it with an xbox360 controller,amazing game and experience! as for the copies sold on pc i'm no surprised,it's only 30 bucks at launch and pc gamers loves good deals!

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11:43 Apr-26-2018

Good to hear that, I hope that some developer will follow that as well... (coff coff Rockstar coff coff Read Dead Redemption 2 coff coff).

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11:33 Apr-26-2018

Honestly haven't played it yet, just bought it because I wanted to show my support for the project and they even released it on GOG which always deserves my attention.

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