The Viking Tower

11 May The Viking Tower

Dominic Matthews

Today we’re sharing a new concept for Hellblade’s central tower:


In this new concept Alessandro ‘Talexi’ Taini has iterated on our early tower sketch, pictured at the bottom of the post. The aim of the new concept is to bring more believability to the structure, making it appear as something that could have actually been built by the Vikings. It now has a fantasy feel, but with a level of realism maintained.


As you can see in the landscape concept the new structure has a far more readable silhouette when viewed from a distance than the initial sketch. The shape of the rock gives the impression of a ship outline, but in a more subtle way than in the original. The two very distinct elements that make up the building, the stone and the wood, make it easily readable. The stone taking a strong, structural form and the wood serving the role of the organic, ornate piece of the tower.

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  • demonsgalore
    Posted at 16:12h, 11 May Reply

    This looks absolutely impressive. I’m so excited to see how you gonna bring this into the game.

  • Mathew
    Posted at 16:17h, 11 May Reply

    This is amazing!!

  • Annabell
    Posted at 17:52h, 11 May Reply

    I love both concepts, but I have to say that the newer one looks even more intricate and (as you guys said) believable. I’m so excited for this game, I love how it’s turning out!

  • André Vila Franca
    Posted at 19:26h, 11 May Reply

    I actually like both versions, but the newer one has a much more realistic tone.
    Keep it up!!

    • André Vila Franca
      Posted at 16:01h, 13 May Reply

      Although to be honest the old design is my favourite, i wish you would go with it. (^-^)’

  • L.S.
    Posted at 22:55h, 11 May Reply

    Impressive as always. Ninja Theory’s art team is the best in the industry.

  • Hector Gutierrez
    Posted at 23:13h, 11 May Reply

    I honestly liked more the first design. But I can understand from a gameplay/time perspective why the second one works better.

  • Johannes Stengård
    Posted at 10:11h, 13 May Reply

    Honestly the old design seems more exciting to explore than the new one. The first design looks like the Vikings have repurposed an old giant vikingship into a stronghold, and while while it doesn’t look as realistic as the new design, it’s not really over-the-top-super-banana-bonkers unrelistic either. But the silhouette do look incredible in the new design, but it feels more like an outpost/advanced watchtower. Both of them look really good and I love the raw and gritty feel of the concept art, you’re all awesome.

  • Henrieber
    Posted at 11:49h, 16 May Reply

    I really like that it is more resurved with it’s easily identifiable silhouette, esspecialy since this new design fits so easily into the landscape in the concept art you have shown us. it looks like it was built there for its natural defence.

  • Nicholas Long
    Posted at 07:10h, 03 June Reply

    The art you all are showing off is phenomenal. I love seeing more and more about the game. You guys are doing really cool stuff.

  • Laila
    Posted at 22:22h, 23 June Reply

    I actually like the old one better…
    It is true that the new one looks far more like a tower in it’s silouette and is easier to spot, but I don’t think it looks more realistic than the other one.
    The old one looks really epic and built to make good use of the space available, inhabiting the Vikings, so for me it seems more realistic (but that is a matter of the definition). The new one seems more as if the dragon head has the only purpose of an ornament and isn’t much of a help in battle or living. I agree with Johannes Stengård that it looks more like a watchtower (that intends to scares people away) than the center of attention.
    But maybe that is exactly what you want it to be?

  • TigerPrincess
    Posted at 11:24h, 12 August Reply

    Both are awesome 🙂

  • Christian
    Posted at 23:36h, 07 March Reply

    Wow incredible, Amazing photos! Reminds me of that new tower discovered in Denmark. What if it looked something like these images! 🙂

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