Having been acquired by Microsoft, Ninja Theory appears to be extremely optimistic about its future, and with valid reason; to have the support of such a company with an almost limitless repertoire, is genuinely encouraging. Hellblade 2’s development is also going well as it appears that the British company is aiming for greatness.
Tameem Antoniades, the studio’s chief executive, made a remark during an interview with NME. To him, it’s imperative that this new title surpasses its predecessor in every way possible.
“The goal with Hellblade 2 isn’t to perfect it but to create an experience that feels more believable and more refined. Its ambition in terms of scale is bigger. I think Hellblade 2 will make Hellblade look like an indie game.”
Tameem Antoniades, Ninja Theory Co-Founder and Head of Studio
It’s also worth noting that the debut of Hellblade 1, which came out in 2017, was well praised for its sense of atmosphere and impressive visuals. There is no doubt in our minds that Unreal Engine 5 will play a role in its improvement.
Ultra-Realistic Weather and Rendering
So, while we won’t see giant Nordic creatures as in the Game Awards 2021 gameplay clip, Ninja Theory does have plenty of other elements that draw inspiration from reality.
Furthermore, Epic Games’ new Unreal Engine 5 and photogrammetry were greatly praised by the creators, as was the usage of photogrammetry and the game’s weather and sky technologies. Using MetaHuman technology, the designers will be able to create realistic face emotions and fine detail.
To further this goal, the entire cast and crew relocated to Iceland, where they spent time immersing themselves in the landscape and working on a reconstruction that was as accurate as possible. Meanwhile, Melina Juergens, the actress portraying the heroine Senua, has been training hard in martial arts to effectively embody her role.
It’s safe to say that this game has piqued our interest. While a release date for Hellbade II has yet to be set, it will be coming to Xbox X|S and PC in the near future.
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