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.
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