It’d be difficult to point to another indie studio that has more consistently and masterfully outdone itself with each new title than Supergiant Games. Starting with the landmark Bastion in 2011, leading to Transistor in 2014, and most recently culminating in the gobsmackingly beautiful Pyre in 2017, Supergiant Games absolutely refuses to disappoint. Therefore, with good reason should fans have leaped to their feet on December 6 during the Game Awards as the studio announced Hades, a newly minted title immediately available in Early Access. Supergiant Games calls their latest creation:
“…a rogue-like dungeon crawler where you defy the god of death as you hack and slash your way out of the Underworld of Greek myth. It’s never the same experience twice: Each time you play, you’ll combine the divine might of various Olympian gods with your own, brave nefarious new challenges, and unravel more of the story featuring our award-winning art, audio, and narrative.”
Hades is playable now, but it’ll be a living entity for a period of time, as Supergiant Games devours feedback and spews forth new content packs and brilliant improvements based on the same. This is the first time Supergiant Games has utilized a public Early Access build for one of their titles, and they explained their reasoning with the following:
“With each of our previous games, we announced with playable builds available only to a relatively small number of people who attended the events where we debuted those games. This time, we wanted everyone to be able to play our game as soon as we felt it was ready to reveal. More importantly, we think what we can build while taking your feedback into account will be much better than if we were to work in relative secrecy until it was done.”
Hades is expected to release on multiple platforms once its Early Access is complete, but for now, you can enjoy its already promising gameplay on your prized PC through Epic Games. We welcome, with open arms, this truly thrilling and delightfully unanticipated early Christmas present.