Game news Hellblade 2: Bird droppings as proof of the realism of the Xbox exclusive? The developers dared
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice was a big surprise when it was released in 2017. Inspired by Norse and Celtic mythology, the title skillfully dealt with psychosis by developing a comfortable controller-in-hand game designed in collaboration with mental health specialists. The sequel, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, is one of Microsoft’s most anticipated exclusives.
When we launch Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, we don’t immediately perceive that the real subject of the game is psychosis in the medical sense of the expression. We are in a fantastic world, with apparitions, spirits of the elements that are triggered, or divine voices which indirectly guides the player. The purpose of the game emerges little by little, and this very well-balanced experience was able to please, especially thanks to performance by Melina Juergenswho therefore incarnates Senua.
A long-awaited and very ambitious sequel
Announced in 2019, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II was then very discreet, only to resurface in 2020, with the announcement that the title will be developed at Unreal Engine 5. At the end of 2021, during the Game Awards, Hellblade 2 appeared with a sequence of 6 minutes of gameplayvisibly located at the beginning of the game. The realism of effects, animations and lights made a strong impression, to the point of casting doubt among observers. In addition to its narrative, which we hope is still as strong, Hellblade 2 promises to be one true technical showcase for the new generation.
The Ninja Theory studio has also announced the color by announcing an experience “more believable and more refined. Its ambition, in terms of scale, is greater”, which “will make Hellblade go to an independent game.” Juan Fernández, combat designer, even added that the quality “break the ceiling”. And this ambition also involves a desire for realism, which takes advantage of the capabilities of the Epic Games engine. The first images of the game were also dedicated to the clouds and the way they develop, but this time it is with a bit of humor that the developers have presented their science of details.
When excrement becomes the symbol of great attention to detail
Hellblade 2 takes place, at least at one point, on the coast, and will feature gulls, gulls and other seabirds. And ‘these birds, like other living creatures, eat… and excrement. As you will have understood, the developers have recently highlighted the attention to detail in presenting the way in which bird droppings are integrated.
Achieving a high degree of realism from reference material is extremely important to us. It even includes location-accurate bird clipping. pic.twitter.com/L2pOqMmp9u
— Ninja Theory (@NinjaTheory) 29 July 2022
Achieving a high degree of realism from reference material is extremely important to us. This even includes the exact position of bird droppings.
The video might make you laugh, but it often does this kind of detail that gives a realistic aspect to environments. The east coast is forested, the cliffs are dark, and the cliffs are steep. A perfect environment for seagulls and seagulls, but integrate them and leave the rock spotless would have jumped out at the players.
In this case, of course, the idea is not to make it a gameplay element, but to avoid anything that might break the immersion. Most players will not pay attention to bird droppings, but many would have noticed their absence. We especially remember the horses from Red Dead Redemption II, whose behavior was observed from all angles and which emphasized the almost morbid attention to detail of the developers at Rockstar Games. As a reminder, Senua’s Saga is Hellblade 2 expected at an unknown date on PC and the Xbox series.