Ninja Theory’s Hellblade is a critically-acclaimed title that shocked players with its raw depiction of psychosis, fluid combat, beautiful graphics and Scandinavian lore. It stood out from other games and has gone down as one of those games that borderlines being classified as art.
If there’s one thing that’s certain, it is that Hellblade 2: Senua’s Saga, the next installment in the series, aims to break more ground than its predecessor and Ninja Theory has a surprising weapon up their sleeve to help achieve that goal.
The trailer for Hellblade 2: Senua’s Saga debuted at the 2019 Video Game Awards. At first, I was confused. Seeing the Icelandic environments made me think this would be the heavily-rumoured Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok, but then Ninja Theory’s banner appeared on screen.
It took me a moment to realise what it was that I was watching until I saw the iconic protagonist appear on the screen. My initial reaction was “Oh snap! A new Hellblade!” but not long after that moment did I realise I recognised the chant that Senua was chanting.
It must have been pure shock or disbelief that caused me to pause the video for a moment while I tried to figure out where I had heard these words before…and then it hit me like an axe to the frontal lobe of my brain. This was a song by Neo-Pagan band Heilung.
The trailer carried on and the raw, chaotic energy of the song blended so well with the insane imagery of the trailer. The motion capture on Senua’s face was amazing as she let herself go and the song grew more intense. As quickly as the chaos had started, it all came to an end with a bright light.
The New Game
Sadly, that’s all we were given. Talk about a tease! We have no info regarding what this game is about or anything other than the fact that Heilung is doing the soundtrack, which is something I’m very excited about. The game will most probably be a launch title for the next Xbox and will no doubt show off what the new console is capable of.
If you’re interested in hearing more music from Heilung, here is a link to the song played in the trailer: