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Senua's Saga Hellblade 2: Everything We Know About The Xbox Series X Exclusive

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Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 was the first next-generation game revealed for Xbox Series X at the Game Awards 2019, but heading into E3 2021 it's still shrouded in mystery.

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Since that initial (admittedly stunning reveal), we've really only had some behind the scenes content.

Here's all we know so far.

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E3 2021 COUNTDOWN - June 13

In a new Xbox Wire post, Microsoft announced their E3 show won't be streaming in 4K, instead advising their E3 stream will be in 1080p at 60fps. Despite this, a 4K reupload will be available on the Xbox YouTube channel after the stream concludes.

More importantly, Microsoft outlined a new measure designed to protect streamers for the upcoming show. Microsoft has acquired re-transmission rights to any licensed music featured, meaning streamers shouldn't receive any DMCA takedowns. However, they admit this won't guarantee protection from incorrect claims.

The event, in collaboration with Bethesda, will run for about 90 minutes and packed with new games, world premieres, and more.

Tune in June 13 at the following times depending on your region:

  • 10AM PT USA
  • 12PM Mexico City
  • 1PM ET USA
  • 2PM Brasilia
  • 6PM UK
  • 6PM Lagos
  • 7PM Western Europe
  • 8PM Moscow
  • 9PM Abu Dhabi
  • 10:30PM Mumbai
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& June 14 at the following times

  • 1AM Beijing
  • 2AM Japan
  • 3AM Sydney

Coming To Game Pass? - 11th June

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It seems a safe bet we'll see Hellblade 2 on Game Pass at launch, with this week Xbox proudly boasting of the service's potential and how they'll be handling exclusives in the future.

“With more than 23 studios worldwide creating games for Xbox, our goal is to release at least one new, first party game into Game Pass every quarter,” Microsoft said in a post on Xbox Wire.

“Role playing games, shooters, strategy titles, adventure games, and more are all being built by our first party teams to ensure that there is a steady stream of compelling exclusive content to explore.”

No Gameplay At E3? - 8th June

A report from WindowsCentral suggests that while Hellblade 2 will get a teaser or update of sorts, but that gameplay is unlikely.

There's a chance of Hellblade 2 getting some form of teaser or update vid-doc, just to remind people that it's coming. However, we've heard a full in-engine gameplay demo slice isn't in the cards. Building content for E3 takes a huge chunk of dev time, and many of these games are just in deep content development right now, rather than being prepped for marketing materials.

New Hires at Ninja Theory - 3rd June

Ninja Theory has been staffing up.

COVID Has Affected Development - 20th May

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In a new interview, Matt Booty has suggested that original titles have been affected more by COVID than upcoming sequels.

Find out more here.

What is Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2?

As we mentioned, this sequel to Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is in development at Ninja Theory, the team behind the short-lived Devil May Cry reboot.

Leveraging the power of the Xbox Series X, as well as the studio's huge production budget now that Microsoft owns them, the game is expected to be a technical marvel. In fact, it's running on the stunning Unreal Engine 5.

Expect it to be a difficult journey into the psyche of Senua, a warrior with a troubled past, and the stunning world that she inhabits.  

Oh, and it'll have some lovely cloud tech. Not gaming in the cloud, though, like actual, weather clouds.

Check out Ninja Theory's tweet below:

Release Date

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While the game was originally aiming for a 2020 release date, Ninja Theory essentially went through the entirety of the year without an update.

Here's hoping for some news soon.

Confirmed Platforms

Hellblade 2 will launch on Xbox Series X and PC, while also being playable on Xbox One.

Of course, with it being a first-party Xbox title it'll also launch as part of Xbox Game Pass - meaning if you're a member you can play at no extra cost.

Trailer

Here's the stunning reveal trailer that got hearts racing and eyes popping out of heads. It's captured in-engine on Xbox Series X, too.

 

Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 Gameplay

We've not seen actual gameplay of the game yet, but that could change at E3 – we'll keep our fingers crossed.

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