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Hellblade II Will Show How Suffering ‘Shapes Myths, Gods, And Religion’



Hellblade II Will Show How Suffering ‘Shapes Myths, Gods, And Religion’

A developer for upcoming video game Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II has discussed what the game’s storyline will involve.

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II was announced last December alongside the official unveiling of the next-generation Xbox Series X. The game, which is a sequel to Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, aims to take a deeper look into the mind, according to developer Ninja Theory.

In a video shared yesterday (January 22) titled The Dreadnought Diaries, Ninja Theory co-founder Tameem Antoniades said: “While Hellblade gave us a very personal insight into psychosis, this sequel builds on that to show how madness and suffering shapes myths, gods, and religion. Our goal is to make an experience comparable to the epic myths and sagas of old.”

The Dreadnought Diaries 1 | The Mission (Ninja Theory)

During the interview, Antoniades revealed that the development team for the game has grown since releasing Hellblade. He said: “The team will be about twice the size of Hellblade’s team – still very small by triple-A standards, but it aims to prove that small teams can achieve great things using procedural technologies and smart tools.”

The first game released as a limited-time PS4 exclusive in 2017 before it was released on Xbox One in 2019 and later on the Nintendo Switch in 2019. Despite this, the sequel is reportedly only being developed for the Xbox Series X and Windows.

Project: Mara

The video shared by Ninja Theoryhighlights the developer’s new ‘Dreadnaught’ model of game development in which several small teams create new experiences while merging life-changing art with game-changing technology.

Senua’s Sacrifice: Hellblade II is one of the games being developed under the model while the second is a game known as Project: Mara. The game was announced in the dev diary video in which Antoniades said:

Project: Mara will be a real-world and grounded representation of true mental terror. It will be based heavily on research, interviews, and firsthand accounts to recreate the horrors of the mind as accurately and believably as possible. Project: Mara will be an experimental title and a showcase of what could become a new storytelling medium.”

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Alongside the announcement, Ninja Theory shared a brief teaser showing a woman in a dark space while what appears to be a monster or creature appears beside her. According to the game’s developers, Project: Mara will feature only one character and one location.

Alongside Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II and Project: Mara, Ninja Theory are also developing multiplayer brawler Bleeding Edge, a third-person and melee-focused online game.

An official description of the game on the Xbox website reads: “Choose your fighter from a diverse cast of colourful characters from the edges of society: burn rubber as bold and beautiful Buttercup with her detachable saw blade arms, wreak havoc as Black-Metal rocker Niđhöggr with his electrifying guitar solos or slash up the streets as Daemon, New York’s most wanted assassin.”

Ninja Theory’s Bleeding Edge is set to be released for Windows and the Xbox One on March 24 this year.

Image credit: The Dreadnought Diaries 1 – YouTube

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