Given really impressive Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice was, it seemed inevitable that location would beryllium a sequel. The game, contempt being made independently by Ninja Theory, blew moreover nan highest-budget games connected nan marketplace retired of nan h2o successful position of graphical fidelity and storytelling. Microsoft must person realized this imaginable arsenic good and outright purchased nan workplace to supply a bigger fund to nan squad for nan eventual sequel and unafraid it arsenic a console exclusive for its then-unreleased Xbox Series X and S systems.
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 was 1 of nan earliest games shown disconnected for nan Xbox Series X and S and was moreover initially thought to beryllium 1 of nan system’s motorboat titles. That didn’t travel to pass, but nan squad has taken that other clip to trade this sequel into thing that looks to beryllium moreover much awesome than nan original. Between nan first Game Awards arena wherever nan crippled was announced and nan latest footage we’ve seen, we person a very coagulated knowing of nan important specifications surrounding this sequel. We person each nan accusation you request to cognize astir Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2.
Release day window
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 is presently connected way to motorboat successful 2024, but that’s arsenic circumstantial a timeframe arsenic we’ve been given.
Being a first-party game, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 will motorboat exclusively connected Xbox Series X/S, and PC via Game Pass and Steam.
It wasn’t until nan 2021 Game Awards that we sewage our first good, extended look astatine Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, while nan first trailer we sewage was much of a reside piece. In that first reveal, we simply saw landscapes arsenic Senua fto retired a guttural and off-putting chant and made distorted facial expressions while nan imagery became much and much disturbing.
The gameplay uncover trailer gives a overmuch much cohesive look astatine what nan crippled will be. After immoderate narration declaring warfare connected nan Gods, we travel to Senua starring a set of warriors into a cave. As she gives orders to nan others, we perceive nan acquainted whispering voices successful Senua’s head, pulling her successful different directions and asking questions. She jogs successful pinch nan group, flaming torches and spears successful hand, though Senua herself appears unarmed.
In nan mist, thing monolithic lurks and groans. She pushes on, voices informing that “death is coming,” and inspects skeletal remains littering nan cave. A elephantine crawls ahead, appearing anemic aliases tired. She tells her men to clasp backmost until nan elephantine rests against nan chromatic wall. She takes a flaming spear from 1 man arsenic different throws a instrumentality of achromatic liquid, presumably oil, onto nan giant. When nan spear hits, it erupts into flame.
The elephantine groans arsenic much spears fly, falling to nan level and kicking up a wall of dust. Senua, now alone, calls for her friends but is answered by 1 moving from nan particulate engulfed successful flames. A 2nd appears but is splattered by nan giant’s hand. She calls nan giant’s attraction to herself. It originates to scope for her, and Senua retreats, pinch much men down her, readying and tossing spears.
They pelt and onslaught nan elephantine each nan measurement backmost retired of nan cave and onto nan beach, but still it pursues Senua, who realizes that it is she that nan elephantine is after. Eventually making it backmost down a barricade, Senua screams to attack, but nan elephantine swipes nan defenses away. The elephantine reaches retired and appears to inquire for Senua’s help, who past utters, “I cognize you.”
Ninja Theory has been reasonably tight-lipped astir what nan wide communicative of Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 will be, only that it intends to grow connected nan first crippled and proceed to incorporated and shed ray connected intelligence wellness issues. It did corroborate successful nan Xbox Games Showcase successful 2021 that nan crippled would return spot successful 9th-century Iceland and bring players crossed galore miles of immaculate landscapes, which falls successful statement pinch nan first crippled focusing heavy connected Celtic civilization and Senua’s location being Orkney successful Scotland.
While not a trailer, Ninja Theory did put retired a tweet showcasing nan incredibly elaborate and realistic look exemplary for Senua successful Unreal Engine arsenic she delivers a chilling monologue.
We're pushing nan boundaries of realtime facial animation successful Senua's Saga: Hellblade II, arsenic showcased astatine #GDC23 pinch @UnrealEngine. pic.twitter.com/NOLvRpuC5t
— Ninja Theory (@NinjaTheory) March 22, 2023
Once again appearing astatine The Game Awards successful 2023, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2’s next trailer featured Senua navigating various drab and dream-like environments. We spot a spot of action, but mostly exploration and tone-setting pinch Senua’s monologue.
The first Hellblade game had fundamentally 2 gameplay modes: exploration, puzzle solving, and combat. Neither constituent was particularly heavy nor challenging, particularly nan combat, owed to nan mini fund and team; however, nan crippled still shone acknowledgment to incredibly awesome visuals, audio creation successful depicting Senua’s psychosis, and curen of issues relating to intelligence health. Based connected what we’ve seen, it looks for illustration each of those affirmative notes from nan first crippled will beryllium backmost and amended than ever, positive a much in-depth combat system.
Combat remains brutal, fast, and focused connected mini numbers. We’ve seen Senua look disconnected against barbaric-looking foes pinch accepted weapons, arsenic good arsenic blowing fire. There are besides much monstrous enemies again, but whether aliases not these are existent aliases conscionable a denotation of her intelligence struggles is unclear.
There are nary existent preorders up yet for Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, but, arsenic pinch each Xbox first-party games, you tin expect it to beryllium released connected Game Pass time and day pinch nan modular release.
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