Announced in February 2019, the Switch port of the game has been handled by Polish studio QLOC, which previously worked on entries in the Dark Souls, Devil May Cry, Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat series, among others.
Originally developed by Ninja Theory, the studio behind Heavenly Sword, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, and DmC: Devil May Cry, Hellblade first released on PS4 and PC in August 2017, before arriving on Xbox One in April 2018.
Set in the Viking age, the critically acclaimed action adventure game sees players take on the role of a Celtic warrior who embarks on a haunting vision quest to fight for the soul of her dead lover.
Created in collaboration with neuroscientists and people who experience psychosis, it was widely praised for its portrayal of mental health issues and was the big winner at the 2018 British Academy Games Awards, taking home five prizes, including wins in the Performer and Game Beyond Entertainment categories.
At E3 in June 2018, Microsoft announced that it had acquired Ninja Theory, alongside Forza Horizon studio Playground Games, State of Decay maker Undead Labs, and We Happy Few creator Compulsion Games.