Developer Ninja Theory seems to be deep in the weeds of development on Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 if some recent teases from Hellblade's lead actress and the development team are any indication. Recently, the official Twitter account shared a new photo from the upcoming sequel to 2017's award-winning psychological thriller that gives fans a sneak peek at some possible next-generation lighting being worked on for Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2.
While the information is scarce and pretty vague, Ninja Theory stopped in on Twitter to share with fans a brand new image from Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2. Ninja Theory's tweet mentions the picture is taken from a "cinematic lighting experiment." While the image is impressive and gives fans a look at something they can expect from the upcoming title, it's lacking any new details of the game or whether this experiment was made using Unreal Engine 5 which Hellblade 2 is being developed on.
Since Senua's Saga: Hellbalde 2 was revealed in 2019 at The Game Awards, alongside the first appearance of the Xbox Series X, Ninja Theory has been very quiet regarding the title. Small bits of news have come from the studio through social channels and via YouTube videos but nothing substantial and no trailer to follow up the surprising reveal from 2019. This new lighting experiment picture shared on Ninja's Theory's Twitter account is the first time fans have seen footage from the second game in quite some time.
Although development on Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 has been rather quiet, Ninja Theory has busy developing the highly anticipated sequel along with another game, Project Mara. Project Mara was first shown off in January of 2020 and was said to be a "grounded representation of true mental terror." Recently, Ninja Theory released a Dev Diary that shows off the advanced graphics of Project Mara in which the team is using to deliver a real-life-like apartment where the art team is aiming to "capture reality obsessively."
Senua's Saga: Hellbalde 2 is likely Ninja Theory's next game to release, followed by Project Mara down the line. Ninja Theory recently ended all future support for its more recent title, Bleeding Edge, which released last year. While the decision seemed rather quick, Ninja Theory appears to be ramping up development on Hellblade 2, doubling the team's size from the first game, and shifting to focus more on Project Mara which seems to need more experimental development to capture the experience the team is striving to deliver.
The day many Xbox fans had been anticipating finally took place as Microsoft held its long awaited Games Showcase event on July 23. As expected, Halo: Infinite was a major part of the experience, demoing campaign gameplay with Master Chief exploring a new Halo ring, fighting familiar aliens, and using a new grapple hook to move around the map. The long rumored Fable was also shown in a CG only trailer, the next gen Forza Motorsport was also teased, as well as the multiple projects from Obsidian Entertainment.
Surprisingly, a few studios were not present, though it's likely that they'll make an appearance at a later date. Microsoft confirmed it has more digital events planned in 2020, so it hasn't exhausted everything planned for the Xbox Series X.
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