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The first numbers for Hellblade II show a lukewarm commercial start

The first numbers for Hellblade II show a lukewarm commercial start

the Senua Hellblade II saga It debuted on May 21, 2024, about a week ago, for PC and Xbox consoles. And at the same time experience it Ninja theory It also enriched the catalog of the Xbox Game Pass subscription service from the first day of its availability, which may have had an impact on its commercial trajectory.

Going into details, Microsoft has not yet made any official announcement regarding the game’s progress, but for the PC version on Steam, there is public data available. So during its first week of release, Senua’s Saga Hellblade II peaked at 3,982 players on May 21, with numbers declining since then. In comparison, the first Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice had a higher peak of 5,653 players when it released on PC on August 8, 2017.

This means, according to the most optimistic trends of the VG Insights and Gamelytic platforms, that the Steam version of the sequel has sold fewer than 60,000 copies. In fact, Hellblade 2’s launch on Steam is worse than other corresponding Microsoft games that debuted simultaneously on Steam and Xbox Game Pass, with Hi-Fi RUSH and Redfall for example reaching 6k concurrent players.

As for the Xbox version, the game appears to have performed slightly better, ranking 23rd on the list of most played titles on the Xbox Store in the United States, close to popular multiplayer experiences like GTA Online, Diablo IV, and Sea of ​​Thieves.

In his detailed review of Unboxholics.com, Sakis Karpas noted:

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 is a game that deals with the grief of the human soul, the mind’s tormented journey into darkness, and redemption from despair. It abstracts the entity of the heroes and with strong symbolism taken from Norse mythology, gives a powerful cinematic experience. It’s less of a “game” than I wanted, it doesn’t take risks/try anything new, text-wise it lacks a climax, while narrative-wise it’s more poetic than audiences like. If you enjoyed the first Hellblade game, you owe it to yourself to experience the rest of the ride.

For more, you can find his full review by clicking here, while you can watch Sakis’ gameplay and introduction to the game by clicking here.

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