Leaks seem to confirm Hellblade 3 is already greenlit and ready to go into development

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 launches today and before the world has even played the latest installment of one of the best games of the last decade it seems as though her adventures are already set to continue into a part three.
With that massive spoiler that she doesn’t die out of the way, the news that the game will reach a trilogy is great for Xbox fans who currently have the exclusive to shout about, although, with recent developments, it is hard to see that a third game from Ninja Theory would not appear on the PlayStation as well.
Windows Central’s Jez Corden posted on X:
“ICYMI: Ninja Theory offers fans a message on the eve of Hellblade 2’s launch.
Oh, and no, it’s not a “goodbye” message like some are spinning. According to sources familiar, their next game has already been greenlit.”
This followed a message from Ninja Theory’s studio head Dom Matthews who earlier posted:
“Hi everyone, as we sit on the eve of the release of Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II I wanted to thank you, our fans, on behalf of everyone here at Ninja Theory. We see you and we hear you when you give us such love and support. When you tell us how much Senua means to you. When you tell us how much you are looking forward to the game and how much faith you have in us to continue Senua’s story in a way that does justice to the connection so many of you have to her and to Hellblade.”

A message from Studio Head Dom Matthews ahead of our launch tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/IH98qP9evv
— Ninja Theory (@NinjaTheory) May 20, 2024

Some internet mischief makers were quick to suggest that the note sounded like a goodbye and Microsoft was about to wield its “small studio” layoff hammer once more but Corden and WC confirmed that game three had already been signed off.
Senua is an important character in many games as she suffers from severe mental health conditions and many gamers relate to her struggles – all of which helped to make the first game a triumph, and thankfully why the long wait for the sequel is nearly over for many fans.
To find out when you can play Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 in your region, see our handy page.
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Samsung Electronics names new chief for semiconductor business as AI chip race heats up

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Zen Educate raises $37M and acquires Aquinas Education as it tries to address the teacher shortage

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Call of Duty deleted post-credit scene implies darker ending to a classic trilogy

A Call of Duty modder has purportedly found a post-credits scene to the original Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 that changes the game’s narrative, based on its interpretation.
It’s an unexpected nugget for a trilogy that practically remade the series while also setting a new standard for military first-person shooters. In the game’s single-player campaign, players triumph over the primary bad guy, terrorist Vladimir Makarov, ending with one of the protagonists, Capt. John Price, dropping a cigar as Makarov’s body swings from an improvised hangman’s noose. Price dies from his wounds in the encounter, however.
In the purportedly cut post-credits scene that surfaced over the weekend, an “ominous stranger” appears in the distance, peering down the hallway at both as they die.
The cut sequence suggests a far different, and bigger, metaphorical ending to the series — basically that the “shadowman” represents Death, who comes to take Price as Price has taken Makarov.
Here’s the clip.

Developer Infinity Ward probably peeled back from this kind of a finale in order to leave open the possibility of Price returning later in the series, or at least not ending the storyline altogether.
And the landmark Modern Warfare series was indeed rebooted with 2019’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, continuing to present day’s Modern Warfare 3.
When is the next Call of Duty coming out?
Call of Duty’s next installment is not confirmed but considering the rotation of studios that develop the game, Treyarch is believed to be working on an adventure set during the early 1990s offensive the United States launched into the Persian Gulf region.
This game would fit into the throwback “Black Ops” timeline Treyarch established with 2008’s Call of Duty: World at War and continued with 2010’s original Call of Duty: Black Ops.
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Rumor says new Xbox hardware is coming in 2026

Microsoft and Xbox are having a rough time as of late in what appears to be some serious consolidations after the massive Activision Blizzard deal went through. Not only this but with the first-party library being in a relatively rough state in 2024, many gamers are considering jumping ship for good. However, even though the thought is that Xbox will have an all-digital future with Game Pass at the helm, new Xbox hardware could be coming sooner than you think.
According to credible Call of Duty leaker Hope, they are stating that new Xbox hardware will be coming in 2026. What’s more, there’s also a suggestion that whatever Call of Duty 2026’s release is will also be a launch title for the system.

Hearing from trusted sources that the next Xbox is planned to be released in late 2026.
Very likely that COD2026 is a day one release for it. pic.twitter.com/qJXmQSzH9F
— Hope (@TheGhostOfHope) May 17, 2024

What this means is that not only is there a ‘new’ Xbox on the horizon but also a release window of sorts if CoD 2026 is a day one game, since these titles launch between October and November.
While this leaker has been correct in the past when it comes to Call of Duty, you might initially brush this off as “just another rumor”. However, it isn’t the first time this year we’ve heard about a potential new Xbox in the not-too-distant future.
In fact, Xbox executive Sarah Bond stated that the company is hard at work to deliver the “largest technical leap you will have ever seen in a hardware generation” and is fully “invested in the next-generation roadmap”.
So, those suggesting that Xbox will be moving away from hardware soon might be leaving with egg on their face. However, whether this 2026 hardware version is that “largest technical leap” remains to be seen, and it could just be a beefed-up Series X, akin to the PlayStation 5 Pro, rumored to launch this holiday buying season.
With all of this being said though, there has been no official word from Microsoft on what the next piece of hardware actually is or when it will arrive. Whether it’s a variation on the current Series X, or an entirely different bit of kit, if Bond’s words are true, we could see a seriously powerful gaming device.
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