Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice was a little bit of an unknown when it burst onto the scene in 2017, a brand new IP from Ninja Concept that did daring issues with its portrayal of psychological well being in an unsettling interval setting.
Now it is getting a sequel within the type of Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, which was showcased in some type because the Xbox Collection X and S have been introduced. Listed here are all the important thing particulars.
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Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 – Launch date
Hellblade 2 was introduced approach again in 2019, albeit with nearly no particulars hooked up to it, so we have been ready a protracted whereas to seek out out when it’s going to come out.
Sadly, that is nonetheless the case – there’s no launch window or date hooked up to Hellblade 2.
Whereas December 2021 noticed a gameplay trailer that seemed pretty polished come out, in June 2021 we additionally obtained an replace from Ninja Concept that the sport wasn’t but in “full manufacturing”, so it is more likely to nonetheless be pretty early in its growth course of.
Meaning we would not guess on a launch date any sooner than late 2023, with 2024 a really real looking risk as effectively.
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2- Platforms
Hellblade 2 is being developed for the Xbox Collection X and Collection S, in addition to for PC, and will not come out on some other platforms.
The sport will hit Xbox Recreation Move on day one when it does ultimately launch, too, so for those who’re a Recreation Move subscriber you may get it at no additional value, which is all the time welcome.
It is also been confirmed that Xbox Cloud Gaming will imply gamers who’re nonetheless on an Xbox One will have the ability to entry Hellblade 2 by streaming when it comes out.
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 – Trailers
The primary trailer for Hellblade 2 dropped in 2019, when Xbox unveiled its next-generation consoles, the Collection X and Collection S.
It is a pretty brief, very enigmatic trailer that means Hellblade will as soon as once more be telling a darkish story when Senua returns.
That was all we needed to cling on to till a few years later, when Ninja Concept dropped an extended trailer that is principally gameplay.
The trailer reveals what seems to be like a large hunt, led by Senua, that includes a spread of traps and obstacles that every get blown by in flip, with issues going worse and worse for her tribe of Picts.
We did not hear something about Hellblade 2 for a very long time earlier than a showcase of Unreal Engine expertise from Epic Video games in March 2023 introduced a fast have a look at the facial animation tech that’ll be current within the recreation. It seems to be completely jaw-dropping, suffice to say.
If we are able to count on that degree of constancy all through the sport it’s going to be one of the vital spectacular technical achievements ever, so we can’t wait to see extra.
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 – Story and gameplay
Senua’s first recreation was a harrowing one, as she went on a pilgrimage in an try to avoid wasting the soul of her lifeless lover, one which in the end ended with an acceptance that he was gone ceaselessly.
With an eighth-century understanding of the psychosis that she’s dwelling with, it was a disconcerting and at instances disturbing recreation that was nonetheless impressively understanding in its remedy of Senua’s situation.
From the seems to be of the 2 trailers to date, we’re set for an escalation of that very same matter, with Senua nonetheless listening to voices and coping with the “Furies” she lives with, whereas the world of Pictish gods and monsters round her continues to be a terrifying one.
We do not know what the primary drive of the story will probably be, at this stage, however the gameplay trailer from December 2021 means that the gameplay aspect of issues will probably be pretty acquainted.
Senua remains to be managed in third-person with a good over-the-shoulder viewpoint, and the sport seems to be prefer it’s nonetheless pretty gradual and deliberate, quite than a rapid-action title.
That stated, given the scaling up that Ninja Concept is making use of (the primary recreation was made by fewer than 20 employees), the fight system must be extra intricate and rewarding, with extra enemy varieties to come across and prevail over.
The visuals look astonishing, pushing Microsoft’s newer consoles to their restrict, and we’re desperate to see how way more lies in wait.