Hades 2 is set to enter Early Access in early 2024. That's worth celebrating, because the sequel to one of the best roguelikes is going to take the industry by storm. This is, after all, the first direct sequel that Supergiant has ever developed, and we can't wait to meet familiar and new faces alike when we return to the God of the Underworld's realm.
This upcoming new game for 2024 sees Zagreus hanging up his shade-slashing boots. Having succeeded in reuniting his parents and meeting all of his Olympian extended family in his own dungeon-crawling epic adventure, he's passing the torch to cthonic nymph and sister of sorts, according to the mythology. Hades 2 will have us playing as Melinoë, Zag's sister and effectively the Princess of Hell, as she goes on a rescue mission that doubles as an assassination. We're hoping to see Supergiant retain the spirit of the original by making failure a fun time, but in terms of cold hard facts, here's a breakdown of everything there is to know about Hades 2.
Our Hades 2 guide was updated on January 25, adding a recent feature exploring why we think Hades 2 will be big in 2024.
Hades 2 release date and platforms
The Hades 2 release date into early access has been set at Q2 2024. The sequel will be available simultaneously for Steam and the Epic Games Store. Supergiant has promised that the exact date, pricing, and system requirements will be detailed closer to launch. There's no news yet on when the full game will release, but it'll be a good few months after the early access period begins.
Hades 2 Early Access release
Following in the footsteps of Hades, the sequel is also set to release in Early Access in Q2 2024 for Steam and the Epic Games Store– more information on the early access period is expected to come just ahead of launch. Early Access will give you the chance to purchase and play a work-in-progress version of Hades and have the option to contribute feedback in the lead up to launch.
Supergiant says that "Hades 2 will have at least as much content from day one in Early Access as the original game did back when it launched in Early Access on Steam. And, even though Early Access inherently means a game is not yet complete, we still want to do everything we can to make sure Hades 2 is worth your while as soon as you can play it in any capacity."
Hades 2 technical test
Before the Hades 2 early access period begins, Supergiant will hold limited technical tests for a small sample of players. "The purpose of this test will be to find and solve any technical or compatability issues we might have missed, to ensure anyone who tries Hades 2 in Early Access can have a smooth play experience," says Supergiant, adding that the "technical test will contain much less content than what's in store for the Early Access launch, and likely be limited only to a relatively small subset of players who express interest in participating." No details yet on how to sign up, but that will come early 2024.
Hades 2 protagonist
Hades 2 will introduce us to a new playable character in Melinoë, the immortal princess of the Underworld who we got to meet in the debut reveal trailer. As the sister of Zagreus from the original game, Melinoë is also a character who's plucked from ancient mythology. Said to be based on an ancient Underworld deity, she's thought to be related to Hades in "what little ancient mythology exists about her". With some mystery surrounding the character, Supergiant games said it was eager to "explore her story and connection to her family, in so doing, expand on our vision of the Underworld."
Hades 2 story
In terms of the Hades 2 story, the trailer leads me to think that we might be undergoing a reverse version of the first game. In short, that the player will delve down through Hell into Tartarus from a starting point on the surface. This is one of many theories that I'm puzzling over as I wonder what Hades 2 might look like.
Hades 2 is a direct sequel to the original game that is said to take place "sometime" after the events of Zagreus' Underworld escapades. Also set in and around Greek myth, Hades 2 centres around Chronos, the Titan of Time, who's known to be a "wicked father" to Hades and his brothers. Escaped from imprisonment in the Underworld, Chronos now wages war on Olympus. While it is a direct follow-up to the first game, Supergiant makes it clear that you don't need to know anything about Hades or Greek mythology to get stuck into the sequel.
A Supergiant developer recently confirmed that it is Hades chained up in the Hades 2 trailer, suggesting that his daughter will be set out to free her father from his prison and kill Chronos in the process.
Hades 2 mythology
While you don't need prior knowledge of the mythology of Hades to enjoy the sequel, Supergiant shares some interesting facts about Witchcraft and how its integral to many Greek Myths – including some of the most well known myths and those that inspired Hades and Hades 2. One figure of myth, in particular, is the heart of the sequels direction:
"Central to this ancient and oft-feared and misunderstood practice is Hecate, the secretive goddess of witchcraft and the crossroads," Supergiant explains over on its FAQ page for Hades 2. "She plays a significant role in classical mythology surrounding Hades and the Underworld, and has been an influential and deeply compelling figure in witchcraft, myth, and folklore in a variety of cultures for thousands of years… so much so we felt we needed a whole new game to try and do her justice."
If you want more insight, be sure to check out what mythical poems and dead gods could tell us about the story of Hades 2.
Hades 2 gameplay
Hades 2 is a rogue-like dungeon crawler, just like the original game, only this time you'll be in a bigger mythic Underworld that Supergiant reveals will feature new locations, challenges, and upgrade systems to play around with. Melinoë will also have a different arsenal of her own as a witch and sorceress who uses powerful magical abilities and "deadly skill" with "shadowy" weapons. In the debut trailer, we got the chance to see some of her moves in combat as she takes on the forces behind the Titan of Time. And just like Hades, you'll have the powers of Olympus behind you as you navigate the Underworld to imbue your powers.