Ninja Theory reveals who is creating Hellblade’s music

New video details how the studio is taking a different approach to music

Hi all, Dominic Matthews here from Ninja Theory. Today we’re very happy to be announcing the musician that will be composing the soundtrack for our upcoming PlayStation 4 title Hellblade.

Music is such a powerful tool for driving emotion, more so than art, dialogue or plot. So it makes sense that it should be part of the creative process from the start. Like every other aspect of the game we wanted to find a style that felt interesting and different in Hellblade. The style of music says a lot about your game. A big orchestral score is probably the default choice for a lot of games and movies. It suggests a particular kind of product: the big Hollywood blockbuster experience. That is not what Hellblade is about.

Another obvious choice is to focus on the setting, which in our game is a clash of Celtic and Viking cultures. We felt that a traditional Celtic sound would put a cultural barrier between you and Senua and would make it harder for the player to embody her journey. As for the Viking side, who knows what music would have sounded like in 700AD Norway?

Rather than focusing on setting, the music should tell a story. Hellblade is about Senua’s melancholic journey into a strange land to fight a hellish clan of Vikings. Any number of style choices could tell that story. In the end it comes down to personal preference and practical reality. And we do like it dark.

When choosing a partner to create such an important part of the Hellblade experience, the musician had to be on the same page. You need a level of innate understanding that allows you both to push and explore beyond the basic needs. Ninja Theory and in particular Hellblade’s Creative Director, Tameem Antoniades, has this with Andy LePlegua.

In this new development diary video, the latest in our open development series, we explain how Andy became involved in Hellblade, the approach we’re taking to the creation of the game’s soundscape and also give you a first listen to some of Hellblade’s music.

For now, we’ll get back to creating the best game experience we can. We’re hard at work putting together a section of the game for the first Hellblade gameplay reveal. You can follow the Hellblade journey and let us know what you think of development so far by following us on Twitter, Facebook and at www.hellblade.com.

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Overwhelming

You can stop hiding it. We all know the main character is actually Kai and this is basically Heavenly Sword II.

Can’t wait to see some gameplay of this. Will Andy Serkis be in this too? :)

I’m not very confident on the music choice, but I trust this developer so I believe in the end it will deliver a well made game.

Yeah I dig this.

I’m not sure if it’s the music samples, the artwork in the vid or a combination of the two, but I didn’t realise how doom and gory this was.
Definitely interested in this one.

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Is Hellblade coming in 2015?

Good question. I think they announced it too soon.

Yeah I didn’t expect that to be as rad as it was! Music so fitting the artstyle. Can’t wait to hear more.

I’m not sure if this is exclusive. I think it’s coming to PC. However I’m slightly worried about the caliber of exclusives Sony are delivering with a number of games getting somewhat bad receptions. Driveclub, the Order etc, however I will probably purchase the order soon as I think it has fantastic potential. I think Sony should really get back to the drawing board in regards to their exclusives.

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