Hellblade Senua Actress

I picked up Hellblade yesterday and I was really surprised by how good this game looks. There are a lot of good looking games out there, but Hellblade is just amazing! One thing that stands out from the very start is the detail with the main character. Not only are the textures crisp and realistic, but the mocap is up there with LA Noire with the eyes from Horizon Zero Dawn.

Turns out there is a fairly interesting story behind the mocap for this game. Like most modern games, Hellblade had a detailed mocap system in place to handle all of the character animations. They also used a system to capture the facial animations which is how they got Senua’s facial expressions to look so lifelike.

Melina Juergens is the name actress and model behind Senua and she got the role by accident. Melina worked for Ninja Theory as a video editor and while they were looking for a full time actress for the role as Senua, they asked Melina to step in and fill the role so they could continue with the development of the game.

After some time they found that she was a perfect fit for the role and wanted to use her image for Senua as well as getting her to act out the role.

The video below is a behind the scenes interview where she explains how it all came to be and also shows some good footage of the mocap and other work she had to put in to help build the game.

It is an interesting video and well worth watching if you have been enjoying Hellblade.

While Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2is a highly anticipated game due to the strength of the original title, little has been said about Ninja Theory's follow-up as of late. However, actress Melina Juergens has changed this narrative, teasing fans with a special post that shows her in the same makeup worn by her character during the Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 reveal trailer.

The post is captioned “for every battle won, a greater battle takes its place.” Considering that the development team for Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 is twice the size of the group that made the original Hellblade title, this could certainly be taken literally.

Based on everything said about the project thus far, the sequel seems to be a far larger game than its predecessor, making Juergens’ comments about “a greater battle” seem fitting. RELATED: Senua's Sacrifice & 9 Other Fantastic Games That Play On The Protagonist's Psyche. As for the makeup itself, the face paint is applied perfectly to the actress' face and neck, making her appear just as Senua does in-game.

While Ninja Theory previously released a Snapchat filter that allowed players to don the look of the tortured Hellblade protagonist, it is hard to top the real deal. While it is certainly a lot of fun to see Juergens wearing the Senua makeup due to how incredible her performance was in the original game, the photo could be indicative of something more. In the original Hellblade game, cutscenes were a mix between in-game animations and live-action recordings, with the two spliced together to create an interesting representation of Senua’s voices.

With the game’s accurate and powerful representation of mental illness being a major source of praise for the original, it seems unlikely that this aspect of the character will be left behind in Senua’s Saga.

As such, these live-action scenes may appear in the sequel again, and Juergens may be gearing up to film one of them. A pivotal moment in the story of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is when the titular protagonist meets a twisted version of herself.

One of the more negative voices heard by Senua in her journey, the cruel representation of Senua’s emotions is seemingly overcome by the game’s complex main character. However, a return of this darker Senua is possible in the sequel, and the game could see her appearing in live-action cutscenes as she talks to the real version of the character — explaining Juergens’ makeup teaser. At the same time, the makeup could just be a fun cosplay or a nod to the game making progress in its development cycle.

Regardless, seeing the talented actress in Senua’s makeup is an exciting reminder that more Hellblade is on the way, and hopefully, players are exploring Hellblade's Iceland setting sooner rather than later.

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 is in development for PC and Xbox Series X.

MORE: 5 Xbox Series X Games You Didn't Know Were Coming In 2021 (& 5 Rumored Ones We Want). About The Author. After the announcement trailer dropped back in 2019, Ninja Theory'sSenua's Saga: Hellblade IIhas remained a bit in the dark. Even when the Xbox Series X/S dropped, there was no definitive update on the next gen game.

However, Senua actress herself, Melina Juergens has provided a tease over on her Twitter page.

The post shows the actress decked out in Senua's war paint from the trailer with the caption reading 'For every battle won, a greater battle takes its place #senuassaga #hellbladesenuassacrifice'.

After a lot of anticipation from fans, speculation surrounding the post has certainly been a talking point.

Some fans have been questioning whether Hellblade II could be in the near distant future. For every battle won, a greater battle takes its place ⚔️ #senuassaga#hellbladesenuassacrificeMakeup: @puffjockeypic.twitter.com/ORAqwI71VM. — Melina Juergens Official (@JuergensMelina) January 15, 2021. We have seen many games be put on hold as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, so we are unlikely to see anything concrete anytime soon. We should also note that Senua's Saga: Hellblade II was not mentioned under Microsoft's latest list for games coming in 2021.

The announcement trailer gave us a look into the in engine footage and a sneak peek of what is to come next in Senua's story.

Sticking true to the Nordic roots, the sequel appears to show a battle-hardened Senua and a glance at the visually impressive graphics. Hellblade was one of those games that was a bit of a dark horse. It was made by independent developers so it wasn't overly mainstream, but it ended up cementing its place in the hearts of fans.

It was very well received by critics and fans alike, with much praise being directed towards the portrayal of psychosis, emotion, the storyline, and visual presentation. Hellblade especially received praise for its quality compared to other independent developers.

Ninja Theory's Senua's Saga: Hellblade IIwill be released on Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, and PC.

Yeah definitely, just from the partners we’ve worked with – we worked with 3Lateral in Serbia, who scanned my face, and Cubic Motion in Manchester, who were responsible for all the facial solving, the job they’ve done is just amazing. If it weren’t for them, the performance wouldn’t have come across as amazing as it did – every tear, every movement of my face came across in Senua’s face, and it’s super realistic. I think if it wasn’t for that, you wouldn’t feel the same way about the character.

Reflecting on the game, what does it mean to you, having worked behind the scenes and giving a performance so central to its success? I assume you must be very proud?

Yeah, it was an extremely personal project for me. If I could, I would work on Hellblade for the rest of my life, probably. I’m just in love with this project because it’s been such a personal journey for myself. Removing the stigma around mental health is really important to me, and I think this project has such a great message. It’s just awesome. I love it.

I’m really hoping there will be a part two – I don’t know if there will be – but that would be amazing. I would be well up for that.

This feature was originally published on December 14, 2017. Read more about Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice.

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