Ninja Theory is working on Hellblade II, the Xbox Series X follow-up to Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, which came out in 2017. Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, which was announced at the 2019 Game Awards, is still one of Microsoft Gaming’s most mysterious projects and one of the most anticipated upcoming Unreal Engine 5 games we’ve seen so far.
Ninja Theory is working on a technically ambitious and visually stunning adventure to follow up on the success of Hellblade. This is one reason why Hellblade II still doesn’t have a release date. But everything we’ve seen about HellbladeII shows that the creators are on the right track. Here is everything we know so far about Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, including updates on the game’s development and the first hints at how it will play.
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II Release Date
Xbox Game Studios is yet to confirm a Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II release date. Since the first game came out in 2017, it’s been a while. Hellblade II was announced in 2019, and all signs from the studio indicate that this sequel will be much bigger and more detailed, especially when it comes to the tough issues that were shown in the first game.
Find out where Senua's saga began in Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. On sale now.
Or play it now on Xbox Game Pass. pic.twitter.com/UIZhuytLOz
— Ninja Theory (@NinjaTheory) December 10, 2021
We may have to wait a while for Ninja Theory to tell us when Hellblade 2 will come out. In June 2021, the studio gave us an update on how Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II was coming along. In that update, it said that the game had not yet gone into “full production.” Still, a lot can happen in a year, so let’s hope we’ll see Senua again soon.
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II platforms
Ninja Theory confirmed in a 2021 gameplay trailer for Hellblade II that the game will come out on Xbox Series X, PC, and Xbox Cloud Gaming. This means that Xbox One owners may be able to play Hellblade 2 through the Cloud Gaming service. This means that, like all Xbox Game Studios games, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 will be on Xbox Game Pass from day one.
Will Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II Be on PS5?
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice was first available on PC and PlayStation 4 in 2017. Later versions came out for Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. So it’s a fair question to ask if Hellblade II will be on PS5. For those of you who own a PlayStation, the answer is no. Back at E3, Microsoft said that it was buying four studios: Playground Games, Undead Labs, Compulsion Games, and, most importantly, Ninja Theory. Because of this, Hellblade II will only be available on the Xbox Series X and the PC.
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II Concept Art
Ninja Theory isn’t afraid to give us occasional glimpses into the development process. This gives us a better idea of how Hellblade ii is being made, and since we’re already pretty excited about it, these tidbits are very welcome. In January 2022, Ninja Theory’s official Twitter account posted a piece of Hellblade II concept art. This gave us another look at a possible game setting. We see Senua standing on a cliff and looking down at a small town. She looks like she has been through a lot. Fires were burning next to waves that were crashing, and a thin volcanic stream was cutting through the ground. Beached boats were all over the village. This place looks dangerous, and is that a huge knife next to Senua?
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II Trailer
At The Game Awards 2021, Ninja Theory showed a longer, six-minute trailer for Hellblade II. The shared video is powerful and evocative. It shows Senua leading a group that tries to catch a giant but seems to fail. We watch as the plan to set the huge figure on fire and spear it to death falls apart as it crawls toward Senua and her group, beating and eating them as it goes. Some familiar parts from Hellblade are back, like the whispered voices that swirl around inside Senua’s head. Together with the sounds of battle and fire, these sounds are very powerful.
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II Gameplay
Senua’s Sacrifice: Hellblade was a third-person action-adventure game. It was well-made because Ninja Theory focused on a small number of well-executed mechanics. From what we’ve seen so far, the gameplay of Hellblade II looks like it will be more of the same. Ninja Theory used to be known for making fast-paced action games like Enslaved: Odyssey to the West and DmC: Devil May Cry. However, Senua’s Sacrifice was a slower-paced game that puts more emphasis on the story and the character’s inner turmoil.
That might not be the case anymore. In an interview with Vandal, Juan Fernández, who is in charge of combat for Hellblade II, said that Ninja Theory was “raising the bar” with Hellblade II combat. He said that less than 20 people worked on the first game but that Ninja Theory has hired a lot more people to work on the second game. As a result, we can expect the combat in Hellblade II to be more complex and the enemies to be more varied.
Jessa Martin is the author of Nogmagazine, A professional in writing by day, and novelist by night, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University and her master of arts in media studies from the New School. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves, most likely multitasking.