Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 becomes the first game to be announced for Project Scarlett, now officially revealed as the new Xbox Series X.
The announcement made at The Game Awards 2019 last night confirmed that the direct sequel to the 2018 original, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, will come from Ninja Theory once again, one of the studios that Microsoft acquired last year as part of the Xbox Game Studios expansion initiative.
The debut trailer, running completely in engine and in real-time, shows Senua chanting something fierce and a group of people who appear to be preparing for a ritual. If those severed limbs are any indication, they are probably readying a human sacrifice. The footage also cuts to a mountain, which turns out to be a giant hunched over when confronted by warriors in the night.
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 looks absolutely stunning and suffice to say, actual in-game footage won’t be that far off from the debut trailer. Xbox Series X is said to be four times more powerful than Xbox One X, meaning that Ninja Theory will have a lot of horsepower on hand to make use of.
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 remains without a release date but in all likelihood, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Microsoft expects Ninja Theory to get the game ready as a launch title for Xbox Series X. Hence, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 is probably slated for a release in the holiday season of 2020. The developer hasn’t mentioned any release for PC. There’s also not much to report about the game but you can expect more details to arrive in the coming months.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, the first game, was only released digitally. Even then, the game was a commercial success and sold over a million copies across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Will Microsoft be doing the same with Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2? Probably not. Xbox Series X would need some physical presence at launch unless the sequel gets delayed by another year.