Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 is the first Xbox Series X game

Audio player loading…

Microsoft unveiled a new Xbox at The Game Awards tonight, the Xbox Series X (opens in new tab), and to go with it, a brand new game from Ninja Theory: Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2.

The trailer doesn't reveal much about the game, but it appears as though it won't stray too far from its roots. Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (opens in new tab) told the tale of a Celtic warrior battling Viking-esque undead in a dark and gloomy world, but it also took on the challenge of portraying mental health struggles in a sensitive and effective manner (opens in new tab). Overall, it did a pretty good job in that regard.

It's a little surprising that a game built around that single, well-contained concept would get a sequel, but given how well it was handled the first time around I'd give Ninja Theory pretty good odds of pulling it off. Using it as the premiere game for a new Xbox sends a very strong signal that Microsoft believes in it, too. There's no sign of a release date yet, but we'll keep you posted.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.