Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Xbox Series X/S Update Adds Ray Tracing and New Visual Modes

Nathan Birch
Hellblade Senua's Sacrifice

The game’s sequel probably won’t arrive for some time, but fans of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice are still getting a bit of a treat in the form of a surprise Xbox Series X/S update. This new version of Ninja Theory’s acclaimed psychological adventure game adds ray tracing, multiple visual modes, and more. Check out a new trailer for Hellblade XSX update, below.

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Update: Ninja Theory has revealed some specifics about the Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice Xbox Series X/S update. Both systems now offer three visual modes -- Performance, Resolution, and Enriched. On Xbox Series X, Performance Mode offers dynamic 1080p and 120fps, Resolution Mode is dynamic 4K and 60fps, and Enriched Mode is dynamic 4K and 30fps with ray tracing and other visual enhancements. Meanwhile, on Xbox Series S, Performance Mode offers 1080p and 60fps, Resolution Mode is dynamic 1440p and 30fps, and Enriched Mode is 1080p and 30fps with ray tracing. Pick your poison!

Original story continues: Haven’t tried out Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice yet? You should really get on that – Wccftech’s Alessio Palumbo deemed the game an indie masterpiece in his full review

Blending powerful imagery, unrivaled visuals quality, an excellent combat system and a unique setting that mixes Norse mythology with mental illness, Ninja Theory fully delivers on their independent AAA pitch with Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. This is one of those titles that, albeit not flawless, should be experienced by every gamer at some point.

A new game in the franchise, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, is in development using Unreal Engine 5. Unfortunately, it seems that game is still quite far away. Here’s what Ninja Theory recently had to say about that game’s status

What we're doing right now is building a good chunky slice of [Hellblade II], before we move into full production to build out the rest. Hellblade was very special for us, and we didn't want to do a straight sequel, we wanted to do something extra special, and so we're making our lives as difficult as possible in that pursuit. The game is set in 9th century Iceland, so we've been sending our art and audio teams out there, doing photography, photogrammetry, and combining it with satellite data to recreate to recreate large swaths of the landscape.

The Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Xbox Series X/S update should be available now. The game is also available on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch.

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