Microsoft confirms Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II will use Epic’s new Unreal Engine 5

Laurent Giret

As we’re just a couple of hours away from Sony’s big PlayStation 5 event, Microsoft doesn’t want to be left out of the conversation about the future of gaming. Indeed, the company has just published a long post on Xbox Wire that summarizes everything that’s been revealed about the Xbox Series X so far, with some interesting details about Microsoft’s upcoming first-party games.

As you may know, Microsoft plans to showcase new Xbox Game Studios titles in July, and the company confirmed that Senua’s Saga: Helllade II, the first next-gen game we saw back in December 2019 will use Epic’s new Unreal Engine 5.

The power of Xbox Series X was first demonstrated with the unveiling of Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II. The team will be building the game on Unreal 5 and leveraging the power of Xbox Series X to bring the Hellblade franchise to levels never before seen. The footage shown was captured in-engine and reflects the power of Xbox Series X available to developers to deliver new universes, experiences and games in ways you have never imagined.

Xbox head Phil Spencer previously confirmed on Twitter that several Microsoft studios were using the Unreal Engine for their next-gen games. The first Unreal Engine 5 demo we saw last month ran on Sony’s PlayStation 5, though the new game engine will support all gaming devices (including current generation consoles) when it’s released next year.

After putting so much emphasis on the fact that the Xbox Series X is the most powerful console ever, we hope that Microsoft’s big game showcase in July will not disappoint. In the meantime, the company will likely pay good attention to Sony’s event today, especially since the Japanese company may well reveal the design and price of the PlayStation 5.