“The Hades Game” as it is affectionally called by its fans, became a surprise hit in the video game world in 2020. Helped along by its mythological roots, its incredible artwork, and its queer-friendly and fun characters, Hades checked all the right boxes to take its place as a fandom favorite. But despite the success of the game, a sequel was no guarantee. In fact, the announcement of a Hades sequel came as a total surprise but a joyous one. At The Game Awards 2022, Supergiant Games officially announced Hades II, and the company even released the game’s first trailer. And now, the game has released in Early Access by surprise. Yes, you can now dive deep into the game (an early version of it anyway) and explore its wonders for yourself.

You can also take a look at what lies in store for this franchise in Hades II with its technical test and reveal trailers:

“Death to Cronos,’ Hades II‘s unnamed protagonist utters with a chill in her voice. But as the trailer notes, Cronos rules as the titan of time… And no one can stop time. Certainly, Hades II players will likely lose a lot of it as they get sucked right back into the world of the game. And then go around and around and around in it.

According to Steam, Hades II “builds on the best aspects of the original god-like rogue-like dungeon crawler in an all-new, action-packed, endlessly replayable experience rooted in the Underworld of Greek myth and its deep connections to the dawn of witchcraft.”

In the first Hades game, players stepped into the shoes of Hades’ son, Prince of the Underworld, Zagreus. But in this iteration of Underworld exploration, you’ll play as the Princess of the Underworld, Melinoë, instead. And this princess seems to have witchy powers. We don’t know about anyone else but exploring the “dawn of witchcraft” sounds like the perfect direction for this franchise to go.

Hades II announced with new trailer revealing the princess of the underworld
Supergiant Games

Hades II looks like it will feature many familiar facets from the first game. The sequel game will include nods to mythology and cameos by plenty of gods, such as Apollo and Zeus. But whether we’ll see any fan-favorites from Hades, we don’t yet know. Of course, we feel certain fans would love to see more from Zagreus, Thanatos, Megaera, and more. So we will cross our fingers they appear or at least cameo in Hades II.

For now, we don’t know when exactly Hades II will be released in its final form, but as mentioned, Early Access for Hades II is now open. We can’t wait to head back into the Underworld.

Originally published on December 9, 2022.