Even the most devout Xbox fan (or Enthusiast) would be hard-pressed to deny that one of the problems during the Xbox One’s lifecycle has been the lack, or quality, of console exclusives. Even Microsoft seems to have admitted this as they have made significant investments to improve the situation. Where a couple of years ago there were only a handful of first-party studios, Phil Spencer has gone around buying up studios so now Xbox Game Studios is a group to be reckoned with. One of the studios that have joined the Xbox fold is Ninja Theory. The English developer is the team behind such hits as Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. What’s more, they have come out swinging for Xbox with Bleeding Edge arriving later this year and Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II currently serving as the face of Xbox Series X.
The fact that such a small studio as Ninja Theory managed to make the first Hellblade to such a high level was seriously impressive. Well, now that they have those Microsoft dollars behind them, they are making moves to grow in size. The latest addition to the studio is Andrew Watkins, who until recently was an Environment Artist at Naughty Dog. Admittedly, Watkins isn’t one of those names that is synonymous with Naughty Dog (despite working there for 9 years). However, it does go to show that Ninja Theory is growing its ambitions as well as its workforce.
If you want an example of the step up that Ninja Theory is making, you can check out the trailer for Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II below –