Microsoft revealed a new trailer about Ninja Theory’s Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II at its Xbox Games Showcase on Sunday. The trailer, which was captured on an Xbox Series X, looks and sounds amazing — you really should wear headphones while watching the trailer to get the full experience. Microsoft also shared a release window for the game: 2024.
We’ve been waiting for Hellblade II for quite awhile. The game was first announced in December 2019 with a unsettling trailer with incredible graphics — an impressive feat given that the trailer was captured entirely in-engine. Microsoft shared a gameplay reveal trailer in December 2021, and it also had outstanding visuals, and I can’t wait to play the game for myself to see how the graphics hold up in practice.
Hellblade II follows 2017’s Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, which my colleague Andrew Webster described as a harrowing, frustrating descent into madness in his review. I recently played it for the first time, and I’d agree with that assessment — the acting and story were engrossing, but many of the puzzles and combat sequences pulled me out of the experience. Here’s hoping Hellblade II improves on those.