Hellblade 2 won’t last any longer than the original game. According to Ninja Theory, the upcoming psychological horror game is about a “similar length” to the first game. In the official release date announcement news post, Ninja Theory says the studio wanted to create a game crafted from the heart and the length of Hellblade 2 is just about right to tell that story.
If you played the first Hellblade, you’ll likely remember it only lasted roughly 7-8 hours. So the sequel is about the same size. While fans were hoping for a longer game, given how long Hellbade 2 has been in development, that isn’t the case.
Ninja Theory also confirmed that Hellblade 2 is only releasing digitally on the Xbox and Microsoft Store. The game won’t get a physical release. Well, not at this time anyway. The game will also launch with a $50 price tag making it cheaper than the usual $70 you would pay for a new triple-A game.
Of course, Hellblade 2 will also launch on Xbox Game Pass on 21 May so if you’re a subscriber you’ll be able to jump into the game without worrying about the $50 price tag. Those of you who want to purchase the game, can also do so.
When discussing the length of Hellblade 2, Ninja Theory said:
“We aim to recapture the independent AAAA ethos where we worked with the creative spirit and freedom of independent development but strove for the types of high-end production values often only associated with AAA games. We also took advantage of the freedom that digital-only distribution offered us to create a game of the length that fit perfectly with our intended experience but could be sold at a lower price to reflect the shorter length of our story.”
Hellblade 2 launches on Xbox and PC on 21 May 2024. Watch the latest trailer below: