Hellblade 2 Letterbox Comparison Screenshot
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How to Remove the Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 Letterbox Effect on PC

The anti-cinematic experience.

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 uses a cinematic aspect ratio by default to add black bars at the top and bottom of the screen, otherwise known as letterboxing. PC players that aren’t a fan of this can turn remove the Hellblade 2 letterbox effect, and I’ll explain how in this guide.

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How to Disable the Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 Letterbox Effect

To remove the letterbox effect in Hellblade 2, you need to make a small addition to the Engine.ini configuration file.

  • First, open Windows Run by hitting the Windows and R keys together
  • Enter the following address, and press OK
  • Here, open the Engine.ini file using a text editor like Notepad or Notepad++
  • Now, add the following lines at the bottom of the Engine.ini file
  • Save the file (Ctrl + S), and exit out
  • Launch Hellblade 2, and you won’t have to deal with the black bars anymore

Comparison Screenshots

Here is how Hellblade 2 looks with and without letterboxing.

Note: While this gets the job done for the most part, there are instances where some aspect ratios might not fully display the lower half of subtitles. It’s a compromise that comes with the fix, but for most of the game, it’s largely perfect.

Performance Impact

While many users might prefer the presentation without the black bars, it’s important to note that you will certainly see degraded performance by some FPS in more intensive scenes. There is more to render here, which results in lower performance.

Users with high-end GPUs won’t feel a major difference, but if you’re on a budget GPU, it’s probably a good idea to leave the effect on considering how high the system requirements are in the first place.

Restoring the Letterbox Effect

If you want to restore the intended presentation, you can simply follow the process above, and remove the lines you previously added in the Engine.ini file.

The letterboxed effect is definitely an artistic choice on Ninja Theory’s part, but there’s a good chance this presentation effect improved the overall performance on Xbox Series consoles too. Either way, I’m sure a toggle in the game settings wouldn’t hurt, and maybe we’ll see it in a future update.

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Ali Hashmi
Ali has been writing about video games for the past six years and is always on the lookout for the next indie game to obsess over and recommend to everyone in sight. When he isn't spending an unhealthy amount of time in Slay the Spire, he's probably trying out yet another retro-shooter or playing Dark Souls for the 50th time.