The BBC has recently began a series of podcasts called This Game Changed My Life, and yesterday's episode focused on the story of Jim Hargreaves and Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. This may ring a bell for longtime Kotaku UK readers, because Hargreaves first wrote about his experience here in Hellblade, Psychosis, and Me.
The episode goes in-depth on the game's presentation of psychosis, with hosts Julia Hardy and Aoife Wilson speaking to Hargreaves, as well as Ninja Theory's Tameem Antoniades and Melina Juergens. Towards the end it veers briefly into discussion of Senua's Saga: Hellblade II, which was announced at last year's Game Awards, and Antoniades has this to say:
"With the sequel I want to explore something else which is the idea that psychosis has a cultural impact on the world. It has impact on myth, religion, new world views, and that ideas formed by people who see the world differently can spread. The impact people have that we traditionally see as ill, but actually they can open up new ways of thinking across society."
It's a great episode exploring a difficult topic and a fantastic game, so do give it a listen. We liked Hellblade so much it was Kotaku UK's British Game of the Year, and we're talked about it a lot – here's a few choice selections: How Hellblade's Design Captures the Trauma of Loss; why the Fenrir Encounter Belongs in the Pantheon of Great Boss Fights; and what Other Games Should Learn from Hellblade's Combat.