Ninja Theory has announced Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, the follow-up to 2017’s Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. It will be one of the first games to use Microsoft’s Smart Delivery technology that gives you access to the best version of the game on whichever system you’re playing on, and it’s been confirmed that the game will be available on on both Xbox Series X and PC, as is the case with many of Microsoft’s exclusives.

Hellblade 2 was announced at The Game Awards 2019, with a dark, hard-hitting reveal trailer that didn’t give much away in terms of story or gameplay, but did tell us the sequel is coming to the next-generation Xbox and PC – the key part that’s still up in the air is the release date.

For those who didn’t play the first game, Hellblade is a dark action-adventure that follows Senua, a badass Pict warrior struggling with mental health issues that she believes is a curse.

In Senua’s Sacrifice, Senua travels through Helheim (the Underworld of Norse mythology) in a quest to rescue the soul of her dead lover, Dillion, from the goddess Hela. All the while, battling her own hallucinations and undead warriors who reside there.

It’s been three years since we’ve traversed the depths of Hel and we’re ready to undergo another twisted quest. So we’ve gathered everything we know so far about Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 below for your perusal.

[Update: Microsoft is holding an Inside Xbox event in May to show gameplay for some Xbox Series X games but Hellblade 2 won’t be one of them. Read on to find out more.]

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 release date

Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2

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Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 was surprisingly announced at the Game Awards 2019 with a heart-pumping reveal trailer. The announcement told us that Hellblade 2 is coming to the next-generation Xbox Series X, as well as PC, but it didn’t actually reveal a release date.

However, knowing that Xbox Series X isn’t releasing until late 2020 (sometime between October and December) tells us that Hellblade 2 won’t be about until after that date. It’s one of the first confirmed Xbox Series X games, but Microsoft didn’t refer to it as a launch title, suggesting it will launch a few months after the new Xbox.

That would put Hellblade 2’s release date in either December 2020 (we’re predicting Series X will release in November 2020) or, quite possibly, in early 2021

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 trailers

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 was officially announced for Xbox Series X at the Game Awards 2019, with a peculiar and hard-hitting reveal trailer. While the trailer didn’t give much away in terms of story and gameplay, it did confirm that this sequel looks  much darker than its predecessor – which was already pretty dark.

What makes this trailer even more impressive is that it was made apparently entirely in-engine on the Xbox Series X.

Check it out below:

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 news and rumors

Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2

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More coming summer 2020

Microsoft has confirmed that it’s hosting an Inside Xbox event on May 7, dedicated to showing gameplay from some of the games that will be playable on the Xbox Series X. Hellblade 2, however, isn’t going to be one of them. 

The Inside Xbox event is going to be dedicated to games being developed by third-party studios. Xbox Game Studio titles, like Hellblade 2, on the other hand, will have their own time in the spotlight sometime in the summer according to a tweet from Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg

Reveal at The Game Awards 2019
Ninja Theory officially announced Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 at the Game Awards 2019, revealing the sequel will come exclusively to Xbox Series X and PC. 

What about the story?
We don’t actually know anything about Hellblade 2’s story yet but, from the trailer, it seems to be much darker than its predecessor. The trailer shows pagan rituals, breathtaking landscapes, limbs hanging from archways and a few battle sequences. There’s also some hints towards Vikings – which would make sense given the time period. But this is speculation and we remain largely in the dark.

Our first taste of next-gen?
It’s claimed that the breathtaking trailer for Hellblade 2 is made real-time and in-engine on the Series X. This would mean that visually, we could maybe expect to see these level of visuals in-game on the Series X. However, as Digital Foundry points out, there’s a few elements that suggest this is not the case. 

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