Ray tracing, DLSS, FSR, button remapping, and a chapter select, among other features
It’s a treat to revisit your favorite games only to discover they’re that extra bit sweeter. Ninja Theory has released a free update for Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice on PC with enhanced visuals — and DLSS and FSR support. There are also several new accessibility options including controller remapping, a feature I always feel should be a priority.
On the visual front, Hellblade now supports ray-traced reflections and shadows (with three quality presets available), there are improvements to materials, particles, and the level of detail, and the game also supports DirectX 12. If you like getting the best of both worlds with performance and visual fidelity, Senua’s Sacrifice has DLSS and FSR support, too.
Thankfully, these enhancements are just bundled up in a free PC update (following Ninja Theory’s recent work on the Xbox Series X/S versions of Hellblade), so you don’t need to buy a new edition or even upgrade your copy. According to the studio, Hellblade‘s “enhanced” update should be readily available on Steam, GOG, and the Windows Store.
What about those accessibility options? The big one is the ability to remap the keyboard and gamepad controls, which will have a lot of uses for a lot of different people. Hellblade also has new customization options for subtitles (the color, size, and background) and color blindness (with presets for Deuteranopia, Protanopia, and Tritanopia).
These accessibility options are in the Xbox Series X/S versions of Hellblade as well. It’s pretty cool to see the team go back and touch up the game while we think happy thoughts about the sequel, Senua’s Saga, which looks promising but feels very out of reach.
I also have to say, I’ll take a chapter select whenever possible. Please include them!