Most of the time, it won’t matter how many times you die in a game because there is always the save files and players can always go back to the last save but that won’t happen if you die too much in Hellblade.
Some players have already reported that their entire save file was removed when they died too many times in the game. Here is how Hellblade handles permadeath. When players die, a dark blotch will start spreading from her right arm and each time they die, the blotch will spread further.
Once it spread to her head and she dies, well, she dies. That means all your saves will be gone and you will have to start from the beginning. The good news is that the game is only six to eight hours in length so you won’t be losing 10 to 20 hours of gameplay.
It is a pretty interesting way to make the players think twice before making a move.