Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 – Release date, platforms, story, more

Emily Stander
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Details about Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 were revealed at the Xbox Developer Direct, and players can expect a different – yet brutal – experience. Here is everything you need to know about Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2. 

The Xbox Developer Direct took place on January 18, 2024, and there were some exciting reveals for what’s coming this year. Besides Indiana Jones and the Great Circle, Avowed, and Visions of Mana, we finally got a release date for Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2.

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Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 is the sequel to the award-winning Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. Set in a dark fantasy world inspired by Norse mythology, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice took us on a difficult journey through the eyes of someone suffering from psychosis. 

The game was praised for being a work of art, but also for its unique take on psychosis and the struggles of mental health. Senua is returning in Hellblade 2, and this time, she is a little more comfortable with the voices that follow her. Here is everything you need to know about Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2.

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Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 release date

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 will be released on May 21, 2024

The game was originally announced in 2019 at The Game Awards, and we have seen many gameplay teasers since. At the Xbox Direct showcase, Ninja Theory announced that the game will officially be released on May 21. 

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 platforms

Hellblade 2: Senua’s Saga will be available on Xbox and PC

Players who have Xbox Game Pass will have access to Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 on release, and the game will otherwise be available on Xbox Series X. 

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Hellblade 2: Senua’s Saga gameplay changes

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 will see an almost complete overhaul of graphics, with extra touches to the audio experience

Since joining Xbox Studios, Ninja Theory have explained that they have more ability to focus on production value. “In this new chapter of Senua’s life we have been able to push our production values way beyond what we were able to achieve previously,” Dom Matthews, Studio Head of Ninja Theory, explained. 

Beyond the beautiful new look players can expect, Ninja Theory will also be introducing exciting new mechanics that allow the player to truly experience the struggle Senua goes through in the story. 

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“Players will find themselves traversing beautiful and hostile environments,” Mark Slater-Tunstill, VFX Director at Ninja Theory, said. “Battling through encounters with enemies that will push Senua to her limits.”

As they did previously, Ninja Theory have worked with professionals and people with lived experiences of psychosis to try and make Senua’s story as authentic as possible. Players can also expect the binaural feature to not only be applied to the voices Senua hears, but everything around them. 

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Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 will be around the same length as the first game, which took around seven to nine hours to beat. 

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 story

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 will focus on Senua’s journey to stop the Vikings who have been enslaving her people at their source in Iceland

“Senua herself has grown since the first Hellblade,” Melina Juergens, Character Performer for Senua, explained. “She has made peace with her past and is no longer in such fear of her visions and voices.” 

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Hellblade 2 will bring new characters and places into play. As explained in the showcase, some of them will be friends to Senua, while others will make her journey more difficult to navigate. 

“We’re trying to be as faithful to history as we can, up to a point,” Lara Derham, Scriptwriter and Performance Capture Director at Ninja Theory, said. “Establishing a solid framework and building more surreal elements on top.”

Players will get to fight Giants and Duergar, new enemies that could prove to be formidable foes. As explained by Slater-Tunstill, Senua is not a superhero – she is a person trying to survive. The aim of the game is to immerse the player in that experience as much as possible. 

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“Our hope is not only to create a game that is great to play, but to craft an experience that leaves you thinking and feeling,” Matthews said in his closing remarks. 

That is all we have on Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 at this moment. Keep an eye out for more updates closer to release day, and be sure to check out our list of game guides below in the meantime.

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Emily is a Games Writer at CharlieIntel. Most of the time, you can find her playing RPGs and platformers - but she enjoys engaging in the rage of Overwatch 2 or Apex Legends from time to time. Emily has a Masters in Media Studies and has been working as a journalist for over 5 years, both freelance and full-time. You can contact her at [email protected]