Ninja Theory and Xbox Game Studios debuted a new Hellblade 2 trailer at The Game Awards 2021, demonstrating the capabilities of the next-gen.
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II was one of the first trailers revealed at The Game Awards 2021, and the long look at gameplay may very well be the most impressive next-gen game we’ve seen to date. During The Game Awards in 2019, developer Ninja Theory revealed the much anticipated Hellblade sequel. Few details concerning the project have appeared since then.
The first game was released in the summer of 2017 on PC and PS4 and then moved to Xbox a few months later in the spring of 2018. Hellblade, for example, cast players as Senua, an 8th-century Celtic warrior who confronts her inner demons while on a journey to redeem her lover’s soul from Hela. The storey and primary gameplay loop revolved around mental illness, with Senua frequently drowning in worry, doubt, and shame. At the same time, a fantastic soundtrack mix drew players deeper into the immersive action-adventure. However, the sequel doesn’t appear to be shying away from these issues.
During the Game Awards ceremony, ninja Theory debuted a brand-new look at Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II. The movie wasn’t just in-engine cinematic, as Geoff Keighley pointed out at the end of the reveal. Everything you saw on the screen was pure gaming. It also appears to be stunning. Could this be the most stunning next-gen game we’ve ever seen? In the video embedded below, viewers can see for themselves:
The release date is one piece of information that Ninja Theory and Xbox keep close to their chests. The due date is not mentioned at any point in the trailer above. The previously mentioned release date of 2022 has also been kept a secret. Fortunately, it appears that the project is progressing well.
Ninja Theory has been busy in recent years with various projects, including the Senua-starring series. Bleeding Edge, a MOBA with action-packed brawler gameplay, was released in early 2020 by the studio, and it was available for PC and Xbox. While Bleeding Edge failed to shift the needle, it did allow Ninja Theory to spread its wings a little and, considering the subject matter of Hellblade, undoubtedly offered the team a breath of fresh air. With that in mind, who knows what the organisation might have up its sleeve once Hellblade 2 construction wraps up.
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II will be released on PC and Xbox in 2022.