Senua’s Saga Hellblade II
The big Xbox Games Showcase has come and gone, and we did not get a new trailer for Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, although in a way, we sort of did. Ninja Theory has confirmed that Hellblade II takes place in Iceland, and have released a new development video showing many of the real-life locations they scouted for Senua’s latest journey. So, not a trailer exactly, but the video does hint at many of the sights and sounds you’ll be experiencing in Hellblade II. You can check out the video for yourself, below.
Iceland is surely a great place for the setting of a game like the new Hellblade as it’s going to feature some unique and strange locations similar to the first title. Previously, Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding has also been inspired by the black beaches of Iceland.
In 2017, Melina Juergens won the best performance of the year for playing as Senua in Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, and she is back once again to reprise her role in Hellblade 2.
It definitely sounds like Hellblade II is going to be a much larger game than its predecessor. The original Hellblade could be wrapped up in around 6 or 7 hours, while the sequel will apparently see Senua travel “hundreds of miles seamlessly across Iceland.” Whether that means Hellblade II will be a full open-world game is unknown, but it should be a groundbreaking visual feast, as Ninja Theory has reconfirmed the game will be running on Epic’s Unreal Engine 5 tech. Ninja Theory’s Tameem Antoniades detailed everything the studio is doing to capture Iceland’s unearthly beauty…
The goal from here is to capture that sense of awe and epic of Senua’s journey as she travels hundreds of miles seamlessly across Iceland and reproduce it, recreate it. A ninth-century version of Iceland that is as real and immersive as possible, and this is the approach we’re taking with everything in Hellblade II. Everything should be based on something real.
Microsoft hasn’t revealed any release window for Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, but the game is expected to be launched until 2022. As Microsoft has already confirmed, there will be no Xbox Series X exclusives in the next couple of years, and Hellblade 2 won’t be an exception as it will be available for Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC.