British developer Ninja Theory as we know already has a handful with the upcoming release of melee-focused battle arena Bleeding Edge being primed for this March alongside the upcoming sequel Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II which is slated for next generation hardware. However, the studio revealed that there is more that the team will be taking on with a new announcement.
Sharing a new title dubbed Project: Mara, this game is said to be a new approach to storytelling in similarity to how the original Hellblade was orchestrated. Although Senua’s first tale tells of the struggles suffering with psychosis, this new project will be imbedded from legitimate experiences that people with mental health issues have encountered.
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Disclosed elsewhere in the Dreadnaught Diaries series which initially revealed Project: Mara, Ninja Theory Co-Founder Tameen Antoniades spares further detail on the new game. “Project: Mara will be a real-world and ground up representation of true mental terror. It will be based heavily on research, interviews and first-hand accounts to create the horrors of the mind as accurately and believably as possible.”
“At the heart of it is the character that drives it – the game only features on character and one location. It’s an experimental project and showcase of what could become a new immersive storytelling medium.” Taken from the team’s commitment to bring authenticity to this new project through empirical encounters that those struggling with mental disorders have endured, Project: Mara is lining up to be another unique experience under Ninja Theory’s belt.
The development team is campaigning Project: Mara through the newly founded Insight Project which the studio vouches to use the current medium of interactive entertainment and high-profiling technology to use towards finding suitable solutions for mental health issues. Although the project is just commencing, Ninja Theory clarifies that this will run through a span of years to depict proper answers for individuals suffering from this illness.
Ninja Theory is now the second developer to include an exterior party towards assisting in the development of a new project. Back in November, Dontnod Entertainment revealed that the new collaboration with Xbox Game Studios helped in the development of Tell Me Why: opening the opportunity for the team to work with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) organization to tell a genuine story of a transgendered protagonist.
What are you thoughts on the new initiative made by Ninja Theory to dictate a new form of storytelling?
Project: Mara does not have a listed release date nor offer what platforms it will arrive on.
Source: Xbox Wire