game news Hellblade 2: Bird droppings as proof of the realism of the Xbox exclusive? The developers dared
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice was a huge surprise when it was released in 2017. Inspired by Norse and Celtic mythology, the title had deftly dealt with psychoses by developing enjoyable controller-in-hand gameplay designed in collaboration with mental health specialists. The sequel, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, is one of Microsoft’s most anticipated exclusives.
When launching Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, we don’t immediately perceive that the actual theme of the game is psychosis in the medical sense of the term We are in a fantastic world, with apparitions, spirits of the elements that are unleashed, or divine voices that indirectly guide the player. The purpose of the game appears little by little, and this very well balanced experience was able to please, in particular thanks to the performance of Melina Juergenswho therefore embodies Senua.
A long-awaited and highly ambitious sequel.
Announced in 2019, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II was very low-key then, only to reappear in 2020, with the announcement that the title would take place in unreal engine 5. At the end of 2021, during the Game Awards, Hellblade 2 was presented with a sequence of 6 minutes of playvisibly located at the beginning of the game The realism of the effects, animations and lighting made a strong impression, to the point of sowing doubt among observers. In addition to its storytelling, which we hope will remain just as strong, Hellblade 2 promises to be a true technical showcase for the new generation.
The Ninja Theory studio has also announced the color by announcing an experience “more believable and more refined. Its ambition, in terms of scale, is greater” which “will make Hellblade pass for an independent game”. Juan Fernandez, combat designer, even added that the quality “break the ceiling”. And this ambition also implies a desire for realism, which takes advantage of the capabilities of the Epic Games engine. The first images of the game were also dedicated. to the clouds and the way they evolve, but this time it is with a bit of humor that the developers have presented their science of the details.
When droppings become the symbol of great attention to detail
Taking place, at least at one point, on the coast, Hellblade 2 will feature seagulls, gulls, and other seabirds. Y ‘these birds, like other living things, eat… and defecate. As you may have understood, the developers have recently highlighted the attention to detail by presenting the way in which bird droppings are integrated.
Achieving a high level of realism from reference material is extremely important to us. That even includes location-accurate bird poop. pic.twitter.com/L2pOqMmp9u
— Ninja Theory (@NinjaTheory) July 29, 2022
Achieving a high level of realism from reference material is extremely important to us. This even includes the precise position of bird droppings.
The video can make you laugh, but it’s often this kind of detail gives it a realistic look to environments. The east coast has no forests, the rocks are dark, and the cliffs are steep. A perfect environment for seagulls and gulls, but to integrate them leaving the immaculate rock would have jumped the players.
In this case, obviously, the idea is not to make it a game element, but to avoid anything that could break the immersion. Most players won’t pay attention to bird droppings, but many would have noticed his absence. We remember in particular the horses of Red Dead Redemption II, whose behavior was observed from all angles, and which underlined the almost unhealthy attention to detail of the Rockstar Games developers. As a reminder, Senua’s Saga Hellblade 2 is expected on an unknown date on PC and Xbox Series.
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