Hades 2 is set to bring us more devilishly satisfying rogue-like action in a direct sequel from Supergiant Games. First announced with a debut trailer during The Game Awards 2022, we got our first look at the new protagonist who will be at the center of the hellishly stylish dungeon-crawler. This time around we'll be playing as Melinoe, the sister of main character Zagreus from the original Hades. With the promise of a bigger world to jump into and more, Hades 2 has quickly landed become one of the most exciting upcoming new games for 2023 and beyond.
Hades was among our pick of the the best games of 2020, so we can't wait to discover all the sequel has to offer. With the studio expanding on its vision of the Underworld and new characters to meet, there's already plenty of reasons to get excited. Read on below to find everything we know so far about Hades 2, including character and story details, news of an early access launch, and more.
Hades 2 release date and platforms
As of right now, there's no exact release date for Hades 2, with Supergiant Games stating in its announcement blog post (opens in new tab) that the date and platforms will be announced "closer to when it's complete". With development beginning properly in 2021, the studio says it still has a lot to build, so it will likely be some time before we see the full release arrive.
We do however know for certain that it's set to come to PC on Steam (opens in new tab) and the Epic Games store (opens in new tab), and will arrive on console platforms just like its predecessor – whether it will come to previous-gen consoles has yet to be confirmed.
Hades 2 Early Access release
Following in the footsteps of Hades, the sequel is also set to release in Early Access before its full launch – more information on the early access period is expected to come sometime in 2023. 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. "Feedback from our player community through the course of development was foundational to the design and vital to the quality of the original game," Supergiant says. "So we plan to reprise that type of process with Hades 2."
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
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.
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 (opens in new tab) 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.