It would be an immediate contender for underestimating the year to say that fans of Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II have experienced this lately. The sequel to the 2017 AAA indie masterpiece was announced at The Game Awards 2019 as the first Xbox Series S | X exclusive (although it also comes to Windows PC). However, Microsoft’s latest console has been out for more than two years now, and we still don’t know much more about Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II than we did in 2019.
In 2020, Ninja Theory talked just a little bit about the Icelandic landscape and the ‘hundreds of miles’ journey protagonist Senua must face. Fast forward another year, and in June 2021, we learned that the game wasn’t in full production yet. Ninja Theory president Tamim Antoniades said the studio wanted to make something extra special for Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, which meant extensive research and even had actress Melina Jurgens train for two years so the combat would be more realistic and brutal.
Later that year, Ninja Theory premiered its first in-engine trailer at The Game Awards 2021. This was our last look at the game, though fans got a buzz boost in March 2022 when lead game designer Juan Fernandez de Simon said: That the sequel’s quality would be “through the roof” when compared to similar games considering Ninja Theory’s size.
It’s high time the studio shared more concrete details, however, and Christmas tweet He rekindled the hopes of fans of Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II by announcing the official return of the developer diary in 2023. This could be interpreted as a sign of a chance for the game to release at the end of next year, although it’s only speculation at this point.
Meanwhile, if you haven’t played Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, you really should. It’s an unforgettable game, especially since it was made by a very small team before Ninja Theory was acquired by Microsoft. The game has since received several updates, including ray tracing, NVIDIA DLSS support, and AMD FSR, and there’s also a VR version available for those who really want the ultimate immersion.