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Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 Appears To Have Received A Substantial Visual Upgrade, Comparison Inside

Xbox Game Studios and Ninja Theory’s upcoming action adventure game, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, has received a substantial visual upgrade, and we’ve put together a comparison that shows the improvements.

Developer Ninja Theory recently shared a new video feature on Senua’s psychosis, which contains a cutscene that was originally shown as part of the gameplay reveal trailer at The Game Awards 2021. As a result, we’re now able to do a visual comparison between the old and new versions of Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 using like-for-like scenes.

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Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 Old vs New Screenshot Comparison

A screenshot comparison showing the visual differences between the old (top) and new (bottom) versions of Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 can be seen below.

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As seen from the screenshots above, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 has received graphical upgrades in terms of rendering quality, with notable improvements to the lighting and character skin and eyes. There are some other differences in the cutscene across both versions of the game, though they are likely due to artistic choice. For example, the camera pans differently and from a farther distance in the newer version of the cutscene. Additionally, the game’s color tone is now warmer compared to the earlier footage.

Update: We have created a video comparison which you can see below.

Previously, during an interview, Hellblade 2 VFX director Mark Slater-Tunstil revealed that the next-gen visuals seen in Hellblade 2 will come at a price on Xbox Series X|S, as the console version will not only run at a dynamic resolution but it will also not support a 60 fps mode. To clarify, the game will target a frame rate of 30 fps on both current-gen Xbox consoles. There are no graphics modes options available in Hellblade 2 on Xbox Series X|S, and those who are looking to play the game at 60 fps will need to invest in a capable PC. The VFX director explained that the experience favors a more “cinematic” feel, much like in movies that run at 24 frames per second.

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