Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 Developer Ninja Theory strives to make the sequel far exceed its predecessor. When Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Released in 2017, it was made with a small crew and very light budget, but it quickly found critical and commercial success. In 2018, the studio was acquired by Microsoft, which will allow the team to be more ambitious. In a new interview with NMEdirector Tameem Antoniades was asked if the goal was to “perfect” the format of the first Infernal Blade. Antoniades responded with an interesting quote, stating that the sequel will make the original look like an indie game by comparison.
“The goal with Hellblade 2 is not to perfect it, but to create a more believable and polished experience. Its ambition in terms of scale is greater. I think Hellblade 2 will do Infernal Blade looks like an indie game,” Antoniades told NME.
Unsurprisingly, Antoniades’ comments led to much confusion and disappointment from the indie gaming community. Many have rightly pointed out that the first Infernal Blade was, in fact, an indie game. Meanwhile, others expressed frustration that the comment perpetuated negative stereotypes about the quality of indie games over AAA titles. Stephen Danton of 2 Ton Games was an example of this, expressing his disappointment with Antoniades’ phrasing.
“What a terrible choice of words. Especially with so many beautiful, innovative and clever indie games”, Danton wrote on Twitter.
Over the past 10 to 15 years, indie games have had a profound impact on the video game industry, as developers have found ways to take risks and create experiences that might not have been possible in larger studios. Indie games like Among us, shovel knightand Subtitle found a massive following worldwide, inspiring a plethora of merchandise and media beyond the original games. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice fits that description too, having sold millions of copies and won countless awards. Given this context, Antoniades could probably have chosen his words a little better.
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