During tonight’s Game Awards, host Geoff Keighley announced that the popular indie studio Supergiant Games is developing a sequel to its critically acclaimed action rogue-like Hades. Aptly titled Hades 2, the game is currently being developed for an early access release, with news on the game coming in 2023.
Hades 2 follows the immortal Princess of the Underworld as she seeks to take down the King of the Titans and the Greek God of Time, Chronos. As you can see in the above trailer, the sequel looks very much like 2020's Hades. Hades 2 boasts a beautiful art style with some seemingly slick-looking combat, all packaged in an endlessly replayable rogue-like format with boons and spells.
According to a post on Supergiant’s website, the character you play in the game, Melinoë, the immortal Princess of the Underworld, is the sister of Zagreus, protagonist of the original Hades. The post describes the game as being “rooted in the Underworld of Greek myth and its deep connections to the dawn of witchcraft.” You’ll explore a “bigger, deeper mythic world,” wiping out Chronos’ cronies all in a bid to take the time-bending bastard down for good.
The game’s Steam page has other details, saying you’ll be equipped with the “legendary weapons of Night,” which can be infused with ancient magic for some extra punch if you need it, and that you’ll encounter other Greek gods like Apollo and Zeus that will bless you during your journey. Very much in line with Hades.
Of course, this wouldn’t be a Hades sequel if there weren’t character interactions. Though brief, the trailer does demonstrate some conversations the Princess of the Underworld has with retribution incarnate Nemesis, the listless shade Dora, and others. God Mode also makes a return from Hades, letting you play through Hades 2 without worrying about the frustrating setback of dying.
Hades 2 doesn’t have a release date yet or expected launch platforms, but more information for the game should be made available sometime next year.