Hellblade 2: in the new video has a sky that does not stand out from reality

Hellblade 2: in the new video has a sky that does not stand out from reality

Hellblade 2

Hellblade 2, developed by Ninja Theory for PC, Xbox Series X and Series S, surprised everyone at the 2019 Game Awards, showing in-game graphics bordering on photorealism (we talked about it in this news). Senua's Saga will continue the adventure of Senua, the Norse warrior in constant struggle with her disturbing inner voices. The development house, in the last few hours, has returned to talk about the Xbox exclusive, showing a really interesting detail they are working on for the aforementioned title.

Ninja Theory is developing a curious system for fading natural clouds, aiming to offer the player extremely realistic graphics when they roll their eyes. Many development studios, in fact, are committed to creating maps that are close to reality. But, in various cases, looking up to the sky (especially with HDR disabled), the clouds will show some polygons that, hardly, will escape the most vigilant eyes. This is not the case: the Senua's Saga development team has very clear intentions in this regard.

"A little cloudy isn't it? We are implementing flow maps, to make clouds form and dissolve naturally in Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 ", reports the Ninja Theory tweet. Observing the sky in the last video published, in fact, it is impossible to distinguish it from reality: the clouds, above a Viking village, follow the sky, merging and dissolving in the most natural way possible. Moreover, as happens in the sky of our local lives, the clouds end up gradually detaching, showing the smaller ones dissolve evenly, starting precisely from the trail of detachment.

Bit cloudy isn't it? Here we're using flow maps to make clouds form and dissolve naturally in Senua's Saga: Hellblade II #WIP pic.twitter.com/OrIoyGjiHK

- Ninja Theory (@NinjaTheory) May 25, 2021

As always, we invite you to stay tuned with us at Game Division, for constant updates on the new chapter of Hellblade. In the meantime, also check out the first trailer for Daymare 1994 by clicking here.

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Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 dev shows off new cloud-forming technology

a man standing next to a fire: Hellblade © Provided by GamesRadar Hellblade

Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 demo footage has given us a look at the game's impressive cloud-forming technology.

Just below, you can see a tweet from the Ninja Theory Twitter account, developers of both Hellblade games. For the upcoming Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2, Ninja Theory is using 'flow maps' to both make clouds form, and seamlessly dissolve naturally whenever required.

It's a nice little look at some new technology that Ninja Theory is using as part of development for Hellblade 2. Recently, Senua actor Melina Juergens shared a behind-the-scenes video that depicted the actor learning how to use a sword for the upcoming sequel, revealing that combat is going to be a bigger focus for the sequel than it was with the 2017 original.

In all, we've seen relatively little of Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 outside of these scant clips from the developer. First announced at The Game Awards back in December 2019, Hellblade 2 was actually the first game to be revealed as coming to Microsoft's next-gen Xbox Series X console. Hellblade 2 was announced before the cheaper Xbox Series S had even been announced.

Right now, we know nothing about Hellblade 2 outside from the fact that Senua is returning, and it'll once again focus on mental health. The original game from Ninja Theory strived to depict mental illness with a degree of realism, consulting experts on psychosis, for example. From what we've seen of the sequel, it looks as though the dark undertones of Senua's original journey will be returning for Hellblade 2.

For a look at all the additional games confirmed to be coming to Xbox's more powerful console, head over to our upcoming Xbox Series X games guide for more.