Hellblade 2 on Xbox Series X uses Unreal Engine 5, won't be launch title

Microsoft has revealed that another of its games will be using Unreal Engine 5, thereby guaranteeing it won’t be out this year.

The Unreal Engine 5 demo running on a PlayStation 5 was a major publicity coup for Sony, but Epic Games has always made it clear the graphics technology will run on all formats, even as they revealed that it had been modified to specifically take advantage of the PlayStation 5’s faster SSD.

Wasteland 3 developer inXile, who are owned by Microsoft, has already said it will use Unreal Engine 5 for it’s next, unannounced project and now it’s been revealed that Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 will as well.

Technically, Hellblade 2 was the first next gen console game ever seen, for either console, when it debuted off in December last year. Which means it may also have been the first time Unreal Engine 5 was seen in public.

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Whether the game has always been using Unreal Engine 5 or if there’s been a recent switch is unclear, although the blog in which the information was revealed seems to be implying there was no change.

You would have thought Microsoft would want to brag about the debut of Unreal Engine 5 but it may be that they were prevented by whatever marketing deal Epic signed with Sony for the demo.

When exactly Unreal Engine 5 came into the picture doesn’t really matter, but what its use implies is that Hellblade 2 will not be out for some time yet.

Unreal Engine 5 won’t even be properly finished until well into next year, which suggests that Hellblade 2, and any other game using the engine, won’t be released until probably 2022 at the earliest.

Microsoft has already said that Halo Infinite will be the only first party title released during the Xbox Series X’s launch, so this doesn’t count as any kind of delay for Hellblade 2.

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