Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, the upcoming action-adventure game and sequel to 2017’s Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, recently received an R 18+ rating in Australia, suggesting that a new trailer or official release date might be around the corner. Developer Ninja Theory originally revealed the sequel back in 2019 and slowly trickled out development updates over the years but now it looks like it’s finally set to release sometime in 2024.
According to GameSpot, the Australian Classification Board’s R 18+ rating is attributed to the game’s “high-impact violence” but no other details were mentioned about why it would receive such a hefty rating. Given the context of Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 and what we’ve seen in trailers so far, it’s not entirely surprising either. Considering that the first game only got a MA15+ rating, the sequel is shaping up to be a bit more intense than its predecessor.
All signs seem to point to The Game Awards which takes place next week. This rating could either be for the game or a new trailer and if Microsoft has a release date of 2024 in mind, that would be the perfect event and timing to unveil a new trailer with a concrete date attached to it. Xbox is already teasing some ‘important announcements’ for The Game Awards; a new trailer and release date for Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 might be one of them.
A new trailer for Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 was revealed back in June at the Xbox Games Showcase, showing what appears to be a slice of gameplay. Xbox also confirmed that the game would launch sometime in 2024. For those that might’ve missed it, Microsoft officially acquired Ninja Theory for $117 million. Before the acquisition, Ninja Theory developed games such as DmC: Devil May Cry, Heavenly Sword and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West.
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 is currently in development for Xbox Series X/S and PC.