Hellblade 2 Comparison Video Shows It's Even Prettier Than Expected

A new comparison video from YouTuber Cycu1 showcases the graphical and performance differences between Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice and Senua's Saga: Hellblade II. Developer Ninja Theory officially unveiled the Hellblade sequel at the 2019 Game Awards, teasing another tense adventure with the titular character at the helm.

The studio and publisher Xbox Game Studios have shared information piecemeal in the couple of years since Hellblade 2's reveal. Fortunately, those looking forward to the experience were treated to six minutes of footage just last week during The Game Awards 2021. In addition to unbelievably stunning visuals, the new trailer emphasized Senua's ongoing struggle with her mental health. Such a struggle was especially accentuated via the trailer's sound design, which seems as though it will prove even more impressive in the new entry. Other key aspects such as the character models and animations have also received quite the overhaul since Hellblade's original outing.

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On the heels of Hellblade 2's Game Awards trailer, YouTuber Cycu1 (via Wccftech) has uploaded an "early graphics comparison" video that takes a closer look at the differences between the original title and its successor. As noted in the video title, this also serves as an Unreal Engine 4 and Unreal Engine 5 comparison, given that the former powered Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice and the latter is giving life to Senua's Saga. The leading lady's character model seems much improved, for instance, evident in the higher quality textures that make up her visage. Movement animation clearly received a beefy upgrade as well, with the newer footage showcasing much more fluidity in Senua's jog. In addition, her hair appears to have lost the stiff bounce that once pervaded most movements, too. And the reflections in Hellblade 2 show that Ninja Theory continues to experiment with ray tracing.

Evidently, Ninja Theory has gone to great lengths to get as much out of the impressive Unreal Engine 5 technology as possible. And the proof is in the pudding. Hellblade 2 counts among the most visually stunning new-gen titles shown, thus far.

Despite the six-minute showing at The Game Awards, one key details about Senua's Saga remains under wraps - a release date. Though many anticipate the sequel to launch sometime next year, the new gameplay trailer did not end with something along the lines of a "Coming in 2022" tag.

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Senua's Saga: Hellblade II is in development for PC and Xbox Series X|S, though it currently lacks a firm release date.

Source: Cycu1/YouTube via Wccftech

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