Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice told a dark and beautiful story rife with grief and loss, and it quickly established itself as one of the best Xbox games. Xbox Games Studios and Ninja Theory are returning to continue the tale in Senua's Saga: Hellblade II. This evolution of Senua's journey has every chance of delivering a gorgeous and epic experience, especially as a title developed exclusively for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PC. There are still a lot of unknowns about Senua's Saga: Hellblade II, but here's everything we know so far.
What is Senua's Saga: Hellblade II?
Senua's Saga: Hellblade II is a first-party Xbox Game Studios title developed in-house by the talented developers at Ninja Theory. The sequel to the fan favorite Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, Hellblade II continues the story of Senua (once again performed by the wonderfully talented Melina Juergens) with an expanded scope and world. There's a lot to look forward to from this highly anticipated title, and Ninja Theory is pulling out all the stops to ensure it meets its ambitions.
Announced during The Game Awards 2019, Senua's Saga: Hellblade II is being developed by a team over twice the size of the team that worked on the first title, numbering over 40 in total. The extra hands are needed to build Hellblade II from the ground up with Epic Games' Unreal Engine 5 for current-gen gaming hardware. Everything we've seen of Senua's Saga: Hellblade II indicates the action-adventure game is going to be a technical and visual showcase, especially with its scenic location of Iceland.
There are still a lot of unknowns about Senua's Saga: Hellblade II and its overall gameplay experience, but it's already assured of a place on our list of best upcoming Xbox games due to the little we know and the quality of its predecessor. We'll continually update this article with all the information as we get it.
When is the release date for Senua's Saga: Hellblade II?
Senua's Saga: Hellblade II does not have a release date right now or even a release window. While some have speculated a late 2022 release for the title, during its announcement at The Game Awards 2019, Xbox head Phil Spencer stated the title is "early in development," indicating a long wait. It's more likely that Senua's Saga: Hellblade II can be expected in 2023 or even 2024, but there has been no official confirmation from Ninja Theory or Xbox Game Studios. We'll be sure to provide updates on any official release date as soon as that information is available.
How can I watch the trailers for Senua's Saga: Hellblade II?
Here are all of the trailers and developer diaries for Senua's Saga: Hellblade II:
Senua's Saga: Hellblade II reveal trailer
Senua's Saga: Hellblade II gameplay trailer
The Insight Project
Ninja Theory's mission
Senua's Saga: Hellblade II — Iceland
Senua's Saga: Hellblade II — A Saga in the Making
What is the story and plot for Senua's Saga: Hellblade II?
Hellblade: Senua's Saga saw the series' titular character Senua embark on a journey into Hel, where she confronted a wide variety of mythical beasts and deities, including the fire giant Surt and the God of Illusion, Valravn. Senua also confronted and made peace with her inner darkness; the voices Ninja Theory has explicitly confirmed were modeled after real-world cases of psychosis. Senua's Saga: Hellblade II features a mysterious and mostly unknown story, but appears to take after the original by incorporating Pict culture and mythology, as well as Nord rituals, sacrifice, and more.
It was confirmed in a Ninja Theory developer diary by Creative Director Tameem Antoniades that Senua's Saga: Hellblade II expands on its predecessor in several ways beyond talking about psychosis. As part of Ninja Theory's efforts to consult mental health professionals and experts through The Insight Project, Hellblade II will explore how mental illness helps "shape myths, gods and religion."
One notable change in Senua's Saga: Hellblade II over Senua's Sacrifice is how Senua is seemingly no longer isolated in her journey, and is instead accompanied by other humans. There are considerably more questions than answers regarding the story and plot in Hellblade II, but we can expect it to be wider in scope than the first in the series. We'll continue to update this section as we learn more.
For those who are interested in more speculation and conjecture, our own Jez Corden analyzed the initial Senua's Saga: Hellblade II reveal trailer for story details and hints.
What is the gameplay and features in Senua's Saga: Hellblade II?
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice was atmospherically stunning and technically impressive, but was relatively simple in its game mechanics. A third-person action-adventure title with linear melee combat and light puzzles, the first Hellblade was limited by the size of the team that built it. With Senua's Saga: Hellblade II, we're expecting significant expansions to gameplay, even if at its core Hellblade II will likely be similar to its precursor. Hellblade II features a deeper budget and a larger development team, so we may see more complicated combat, bigger set pieces, and brand-new mechanics.
We got our very first look at Senua's Saga: Hellblade II gameplay during The Game Awards 2021, although it was quite scripted and limited (Hellblade II is still very much a work in progress). The trailer shows Senua and a group of followers engaging in brutal combat with a grotesque giant, wielding slings, spears, and fire in a futile attempt to take the creature down. There's not a lot of new gameplay insight to be found in the trailer, but it's still worth a watch (you can find it above).
It has been confirmed that Senua's Saga: Hellblade II takes place in Iceland, and will bring the region's impossibly scenic landscapes to life with unparalleled realism. Ninja Theory is working with Quixel to scan assets for Hellblade II, giving life to the ridiculous levels of detail we've seen in the title's few trailers. We've also gotten a behind-the-scenes look at Senua's Saga: Hellblade II, giving eager fans further insight into all the effort Ninja Theory is pouring into making this game.
What is the audio and soundtrack in Senua's Saga: Hellblade II?
Like with most parts of Senua's Saga: Hellblade II, not a lot is known about the audio and soundtrack. We know that Ninja Theory is collaborating with the band Heilung on Hellblade II's soundtrack, an exciting combination that will hopefully guarantee an excellent musical experience. In the initial reveal trailer for Senua's Saga: Hellblade II, the song that is performed is In Maidjan by Heilung. When translated, the lyrics include the line "Come, guest Tyr, for this invocation I, the Rune Master, servant of Odin, call upon the one of the Sun to aid our army."
Melina Juergens is reprising her role as Senua, following her impeccable performance in the first Hellblade. Juergens is behind the mocap and vocal performances of Senua, effectively making them one and the same in Senua's Saga: Hellblade II. In the first gameplay trailer for Hellblade II, especially, we get a glimpse at how Juergens' audio for Senua will sound in Hellblade II.
What platforms are getting Senua's Saga: Hellblade II?
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice was released for Xbox, PlayStation, and PC, leaving fans to wonder whether the release platforms for Senua's Saga: Hellblade II will remain the same even after Ninja Theory was acquired by Microsoft and added to the growing Xbox Game Studios family. Here's what you need to know about which platforms Hellblade II is coming to.
Xbox One & Xbox Series X|S
With current-gen consoles remaining difficult to acquire in 2021, many players are wondering whether Senua's Saga: Hellblade II will continue the trend of recent games by releasing on older platforms like Xbox One on top of current-gen, as is the case with Xbox Game Studios titles like Halo Infinite and Forza Horizon 5. However, it has been confirmed repeatedly that Senua's Saga: Hellblade II is being exclusively developed for current-gen hardware and will not be coming to the Xbox One family of consoles.
Powered by Unreal Engine 5, Hellblade II requires the more capable hardware present in Xbox Series X and Series S to deliver its targeted experience. If you own an Xbox Series X|S, Senua's Saga: Hellblade II should push the consoles to their limit with peerless visual fidelity. Even the original Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice was recently Optimized for Xbox Series X|S, letting players revisit the title with updated graphics and performance.
Xbox One players aren't left entirely behind, however. While Senua's Saga: Hellblade II will likely never be available on the older consoles natively, it has been confirmed that it's heading to Xbox Cloud Gaming at launch. That means players on Xbox One, mobile devices, tablets, and more will be able to play Hellblade II by streaming it from Microsoft's servers. Xbox Cloud Gaming is powered by custom Xbox Series X hardware; currently, it supports playing Xbox Series X|S Optimized titles at 1080p and 60 FPS, which should be plenty for a great experience in Senua's Saga: Hellblade II.
Xbox Game Studios titles in recent years have made a habit of releasing on PC at the same time as Xbox, and Senua's Saga: Hellblade II is no exception. Ninja Theory is bringing its flagship title to PC platforms, where those with capable hardware will be able to test the limits of the game. It's been confirmed that Hellblade II is coming to the Microsoft Store and PC Game Pass, and it will very likely be made available through Steam as well.
PS5 & PS4
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice was a multiplatform release that also came to PS4, but Ninja Theory has since been acquired by Microsoft. Similar to many studios that have joined the Xbox family of studios, Ninja Theory's titles can be expected to be fully exclusive to Xbox and PC moving forward. It's been confirmed — Senua's Saga: Hellblade II is not coming to PS4 or PS5. It's highly unlikely that this will ever change; fans of Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice on PS4 will need to pick up an Xbox Series X or S to experience what Ninja Theory is creating with Hellblade II.
Begin your saga
Walk Senua's path
While the wait for Senua's Saga: Hellblade II drags on, retrace Senua's steps and begin her journey anew by playing Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. Recently Optimized for Xbox Series X|S and PC, there has never been a better time to play Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice.
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Zachary Boddy is the Minecraft Expert and a News Writer for Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life, and have been freelancing for Windows Central and its sister sites since 2019, with a focus on Xbox and PC gaming. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.
Can't wait for this. Some great info on this game. It may be worth adding that Senuas Saga Hellblade 2 was actually pre thought and planned during the making of the first game. As confirmed by Phil Spencer and Ninja Theory in a GameSpot interview. https://gamingbolt.com/hellblade-2-senuas-saga-was-on-ninja-theorys-road... I think thr most exciting thing here is Hellblade 1 cost $10 million including marketing cost in that figure to make. And they achieved one of the greatest Storytelling games of the generation. Atmosphere, sound, Graphics. It's going to be pretty amazing to see what this talented team can do with practically no funding issues this time around. And all the access to the wealth of animation studios etc that Xbox has in house. Judging by the astonishing realtime visuals in the trailer this is gonna be a big big game. And it's gonna be available on Gamepass from the very first second it releases.
This was a joke. The worst we know so far til now.
Only true next-gen Unreal Engine 5 (confirmed by Epic) title seen so far. Honestly the worst jokes are 70$ crossgen DLC paywalls, UI feature/cloud save paywall, blowing air on mic etc.
I was primarily into shooters previously but Senua's Sacrifice was the game that got me more into close combat.
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