Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice may not be the best game of the year, but it’s certainly one of the most memorable. Ninja Theory’s tale of mental illness was harrowing and hard to parse – but it was effective in using the medium to convey a very specific state of mind. So it’s refreshing to hear that it’s performing above expectations – even if that means it hasn’t broken even yet.
Speaking with Games Beat, chief Tameem Antoniades explained that the Cambridge-based developer had expected the title to break even in about six to nine months, but in reality it’s about to make back its money inside three months. “Of course, because we self-published it, it’s the first time we’re getting the bulk of the money back, which is amazing,” he added.
For those who don’t know, the developer funded, created, and published the project all independently, meaning that it didn’t have to answer to outside demands and effectively could make whatever it wanted. It’s a model that Antoniades believes has been successful, and as we alluded above, it’s resulted in one of the most interesting games of the year.