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First game announced for Xbox Series X: Senua's Saga: Hellblade II

Hellblade II features remarkable visuals (Image source: Microsoft)
Hellblade II features remarkable visuals (Image source: Microsoft)
Following the announcement of the Xbox Series X, Ninja Theory showcased Senua's Saga: Hellblade II, the first game officially announced for the platform. Photo-realistic trailer visuals have set expectations high for Microsoft's upcoming 9th-gen console.

Following the surprise reveal of the Xbox Series X at The Game Awards, Ninja Theory showcased a stunning trailer for Senua's Saga: Hellblade II. The title is a sequel to Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, and the first game officially announced for the next-gen Xbox. 

At the event, Phil Spencer announced that all of Microsoft's first-party studios are working on Series X titles.

The two-minute trailer does not feature gameplay. However, Spencer describes the footage as "all captured, in-engine." The visuals include shots of the titular Senua singing In Maidjan, by pagan folk band Heilung.

2017's Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice was lauded for the quality of its graphics. The trailer for Senua's Saga: Hellblade II takes things further. By leveraging the power of the Xbox Series X, Hellblade II delivers some of the best real-time visuals we have ever seen on console. 

The Xbox Series X will almost certainly be a big step up from eighth-gen consoles, However, it's important to note that new console announcements are invariably accompanied by trailers that overshoot the consoles' capabilities.

Consider the Unreal 4 "Elemental" tech demo shown at the PS4 announcement, or the infamous 2005 E3 trailer for Killzone 2 on PS3. In both cases, not a single launch title delivered visuals on par with the pre-launch showcases. It wouldn't be until well into both consoles' life cycles that we saw games approaching the visual standard of those announcement trailers. 

We won't know the true capabilities of the Xbox Series X until the console arrives next year. The Series X is a generational leap and graphics will be significantly improved. However, we're not confident that Hellblade II-quality visuals will be the norm, at least in the launch era. 

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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2019-12-13 (Update: 2019-12-13)
Arjun Krishna Lal
Arjun Krishna Lal - News Editor
I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.