Supergiant Games, the company behind Hades and Boston, has revealed that Hades II will launch into Early Access in the second quarter of 2024 on PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store. The company stopped short of disclosing a concrete date.
Supergiant announced Hades II last December during the Video Game Awards 2022, planning to launch it into early access. It’s the same strategy they took with the first Hades before releasing the critically acclaimed 1.0 on PC and Switch in 2020 and PlayStation and Xbox in 2021. Now, roughly nine months later, Supergiant has released Development update As for the highly anticipated sequel, it has revealed a Q2 2024 Early Access release window.
“Thank you for your patience as we prepare for this launch,” Supergiant writes in a development update. “You might be wondering, why can’t we start in Early Access right now? The game looks so far away in the first trailer. That’s because Hades II will have at least as much content from the opening day as the original game when it launched in Early Access on Steam.
“And, while Early Access inherently means the game isn’t finished yet, we still want to do everything we can to make sure Hades II is worth your while as soon as you can play it in any capacity.”
You can pre-order Hades II on Steam and the Epic Games Store today. Supergiant is close to launching with more details on the exact early access date, pricing, and system requirements.
Before that early access launch, but still in Q2 2024, Supergiant will conduct technical testing with a limited sample of players. It says that this testing is aimed at finding and fixing any technical or compatibility issues to ensure that anyone trying out Hades II in Early Access can have a smooth gameplay experience. This technical test “will contain less content than what’s in store for the Early Access launch.” This will be limited to a relatively small subset of players who have already expressed an interest in participating.
Supergiant says that following Hades II’s Early Access launch, it will have several major updates that will add to the rest of the game’s core content and refine what’s there based on player feedback. The story expands with each update, as does the number of characters and your relationships with them. The entire Early Access period will culminate in the 1.0 launch, which will include the conclusion of the game’s story and the finishing touches. How long will it take Hades II 1.0 to reach launch, the studio says.
“For now, our focus is on building core content – environments, characters, weapons, bounties, story events, music and more – as we gear up for our technical testing and early access release in Q2 this coming year,” the update concludes. “Thanks again for your patience and support as we work to ensure our first sequel meets our standards, and hopefully yours.”
While waiting for the Early Access release, check out the Hades II reveal trailer and then read on Game Informers Hades review.
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