Few of the plethora of announcements made at last month’s game awards struck a chord like the reveal for Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2.
In many ways, the trailer stole the show. But it was not only for confirming the first Xbox Series X launch title and giving us a tantalizing preview of the in-engine might of Microsoft’s new console.
It’s a disquieting visual feast coursing with folkloric undertones and guttural incantations that has the imagination running wild. Backed by the emotive sounds of the band Heilung, titular Senua’s guttural chants paint a world of craggy lands and Celtic mysticism.
In anticipation of the release of Ninja Theory’s latest effort, live-action role-player Sonjas Adventures and the Bracar Keltoi LARPing group have concocted a live-action homage to the Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 trailer.
While the live-action take sticks fairly faithfully to the trailer, the group took some artistic liberties to bridge the gap between the almost limitless fount of possibilities of CGI and the inherent limitations of a real-world portrayal.
Decors, costumes, and props aren’t exact replicas but improvised to great effect. Doll limbs dipped in a generous helping of Kensington Gore replace strewn body parts, for example.
Overall, the effect is nothing short of convincing. There’s something to be said for teeming crowds brandishing torches to set the scene for the ritualistic mores of the Picts. The video succeeds in bringing Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 to life in beautiful, if a little disconcerting, fashion.
The accompanying blurb for the video reads;
We tried to stay as close to the look and feel of the original trailer as we could, but everything you see in there is ‘real.’ Meaning: All the scenes except for Senua’s singing were shot on actual Live Action Roleplaying events. No actors. Just people, enjoying a great hobby.
Interestingly, Sonjas Adventures’ portrayal of Senua is almost indistinguishable from the near photo-realistic rendition from the trailer. Both the LARP-er’s talents and the capabilities of the Xbox Series X are worthy of recognition here.
As we march ever closer to the release of Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, expect more fans to produce similarly flattering tributes to the game.
Last modified: January 22, 2020 11:39 PM UTC