No VR port of Hellblade 2 in the works, Ninja Theory confirms

No VR port of Hellblade 2 in the works, Ninja Theory confirms

Ninja Theory's studio head confirms that there is no VR port of Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 in development.

FACTS

PCGamesN recently visited Ninja Theory's headquarters to get hands-on with the game, which will be released on May 21, 2024 for Windows and Xbox Series X/S.

During an interview, PCGamesN asked studio head Dom Matthews if a VR port of the game was in the works, to which he replied with an unambiguous “no.”

The PC version of the first installment, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, featured a VR mode developed by Ninja Theory that proved popular with PC VR gamers.

CONTEXT

Microsoft does not see VR as profitable

It comes as no surprise that the studio is not developing a VR mode: Ninja Theory was acquired by Microsoft in 2018, which has consistently rejected the idea of Xbox VR and announced the deprecation of its PC VR platform in 2023.

For the largest VR platform, Meta Quest, Microsoft has released an app for Xbox Cloud Gaming, simple web versions of Office apps, and the Microsoft Mesh VR meeting app. But even these VR efforts are very limited in scope.

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OPINION

Hellblade 2 would only have the PC VR market left

Senua's Saga: Hellblade II will be released for Windows and Xbox Series X/S only, so Ninja Theory would not be able to sell a potential VR version to Meta Quest or Playstation VR 2 users, leaving only the PC VR market, which has been stagnating for years.

With this in mind, it is hard to blame the studio for not seeing the value in developing a VR version.

Sources: PCGamesN