Hades 2 release date window, story, gameplay, and latest news

Get an overview of what to expect from Supergiant's first sequel and when you can play it with all the information ahead of the Hades 2 release date.

Hades 2 Release Date: a character can be seen

When is the Hades 2 release date? After the success of Hades, it is no surprise that a sequel is on the way and Supergiant is looking to expand and offer some new and familiar thrills for players. But, when can you play it? Here’s all you need to know about the game ahead of the Hades 2 release date on consoles and PC, including early access dates.

Below, you can take a look at the debut trailer and an overview of what we know so far about the sequel to one of the best roguelike games out there. The game will be going through early access, so you will be able to play it a lot sooner than you may think, at least on PC. But, when can console players get their hands on Hades 2, and how is it shaping up? Find out all the latest news below.

Hades 2 release date window

The Hades 2’s release date is set for Q2 2024 on PC for an early access launch, where the game will likely stay until late 2024 as Supergiant works on developing it. Early access will only be on PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store. The console release is expected to coincide with the full launch of the game, after early access.

This was confirmed in an official development update blog by Supergiant Games, pushing back the release date from 2023 into early 2024. This is due to the studio simply wanting more time to polish and add to the game before it launches into early access. As the blog notes, Supergiant believes the new timeframe “will be the ‘sweet spot’ where the game is far enough along that player feedback won’t mostly consist of stuff [it] already knows isn’t there yet, but isn’t so far along that it’s too late in development for [it] to act on the feedback” given by players.

Hades 2 release date: Hades bound in chains with his arms raised.

Based on this, the full release of the game will likely arrive in late 2024 at the earliest, once additional development and updates have been completed after the early access period. The Hades 2 console release is expected to coincide with this full launch into version 1.0, though the console port could be pushed back further. For reference, Hades 1 released on consoles around 11 months after the PC and versions. However, with the massive success of the first game, parity between release dates is no doubt a priority.

Much like the first game, Supergiant reiterated it’s belief in early access, knowing “early access will be no less important” with Hades 2. As such, we can expect a similar timeframe and approach overall to the first game’s early access period.

In fact, the blog post notes that, during early access, there will be “several Major Updates adding the rest of the game’s core content and refining what’s there based on player feedback”. Moreover, the story is also set to expand with each update, adding more characters and deepening the relationships forged with the existing characters right up until the launch of version 1.0 for launch. In the 1.0 update, Supergiant states that it will feature the conclusion to the story, alongside the usual finishing touches. Most importantly, this means early access players won’t be able to finish everything the game has to offer before it’s even released.

Hades 2 release date: Hecate with her arm raised.

Hades 2 story

Hades 2 casts you as the immortal Princess of the Underworld where you will explore a bigger, deeper mythic world vanquishing the forces of the Titan of Time, Chronos. With the aid of Olympus, Melinoë seeks to defeat Chronos to save her father, Hades.

The game retains the beloved character-focus and mythology that everyone fell in love with from the first game, as you meet gods from Apollo to Zeus. Over the early access period, each update is set to expand on the story and the relationships between the characters right up until the full release of the game, at which point players will be able to experience the full story.

Hades 2 gameplay

We got our first brief glimpse at Hades 2 gameplay in the reveal trailer for the game at The Game Awards 2022. But, additional information reveals that you will infuse your weapons of Night with magick as you fight in a roguelike top-down experience and take on new challenges and enhance your power with fresh upgrade systems.

Check out the trailer below:

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We also know that there will be new Hades 2 characters that weren’t seen in the first game, including Hecate and Moros. Therefore, they will also be plenty of new Boons to play around with, refreshing and diversifying combat even further.

If you want a trip down memory lane, here’s the official gameplay reveal trailer for the first game, which aired in December 2018:

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We’ve no doubt that Supergiant will find inventive ways to not just recapture the magic of the first game, but build upon it in a number of ways. At the very least, new characters and boons at least means new builds to play around with.

While you wait to get your hands on it, be sure to keep an eye out for more as we approach the Hades 2 release date. Hopefully, the sequel to one of the best games of all time can live up to its predecessor.