Digital Foundry: Unreal Engine 5 | What Can Game Developers Learn From Hellblade 2?

Hellblade 2 is the most visually accomplished game seen so far in 2024 and a true UE5 showcase - and there's plenty PC developers can learn from it.

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purple10140d ago (Edited 40d ago )

they learnt series S can only manage 900p!! 😳

, - sorry I had to

this post on twitter, shows even worse.


dRanzer40d ago

They can learn not to do boring games 🫢

jznrpg40d ago (Edited 40d ago )

If you go for a graphic type game you better have a great story like Heavy Rain or have some good gameplay. Can’t make a game with amazing graphics but nothing to make you want to continue playing it.

PrinceOfAnger40d ago

What good gameplay in Death stranding , Detroit , heavy rain, until dawn ? you call press X to continue " cutscenes" fun games? I am sorry these are movie games or "tech-demos" too!

But i know some like this type of games.
Maybe Hellblade is not for you?


Elda40d ago

Every game you mentioned with the exception of Until Dawn I played to the very end & enjoyed them. I can't say that about Hellblade 2. I only played 2 hours which I forced myself to & I haven't gone back to it since & that was 2 weeks ago.

MrNinosan39d ago

You obviously didn't play Death Stranding.
And even Detroit, Heavy Rain, Beyond two Souls and Until Dawn is far more gameplay than Hellblade.

mkis00739d ago

You just mentioned a goty winner...are you only able to see the surface of things. Not capable of looking deeper?

P_Bomb39d ago

All those games had more gameplay or story than Hellblade 2. I’m still in ch.4 where I stalled out of boredom.

repsahj39d ago

I platinumed Detroit because of engaging story and gameplay dude.

andy8539d ago

Detroit was outstanding storywise. How can you compare that? I played through it 4 times for different story paths

isarai39d ago

Good lord u made yourself look stupid, painfully obvious you haven't played any of those games.

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RhinoGamer8840d ago

Good game design and designers are important.

Reaper22_40d ago

Hellblade 2 was good. I enjoyed the story and it's a real looker. Best looking game I've ever played.

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Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 - Official Accolades Trailer

Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 is an action-adventure game developed by Ninja Theory. Players will return to Senua's story through a brutal journey of survival through the myth and torment of Viking Iceland. Take a look at the latest trailer to garner the critical reception of Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2, available now for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox Game Pass, and PC (Steam).

Lightning7725d ago

Cool, but the studio will get shut down still I think. Idc if MS said they won't, MS can't be trusted with anything.

They're extremely volatile with their words and action. They say one thing and do another consistently.

DarXyde25d ago (Edited 25d ago )

I'm curious about the specific language used regarding Ninja Theory's fate.

I've read secondhand accounts that mention Microsoft has "no plans to close Ninja Theory any time soon", which has some asterisks attached—namely because that article came out the day Hellblade II launched and there was no proper assessment of the game's performance relative to Microsoft's expectations. If they planned for the game to have a certain level of success and they missed the mark, that could trigger a change of plans. As well, if the talent they are most interested in leaves (I speculate this was the case with Mikami leaving Tango), that may well result in a change of plans too.

It wouldn't be fair to close them for not selling very well or increasing XGP subs to the level they expect. Ninja Theory has never been a gangbuster studio. The level of attention and care is absolutely there for their games, but they just don't perform well commercially. They never have, and if Microsoft closes them after acquiring them with the expectation that changes, that is just unfair.

But that said, they haven't been closed at this time and I don't want to accuse Microsoft of something they haven't done yet. I do expect it, but it hasn't happened. The recent closures came about a year after the most recent releases, so I guess we'll know better in 2025.