Supergiant shows off Hades II's gameplay and new god designs

Supergiant Games just treated Hades fans to an extensive look at the game’s upcoming sequel. Seriously — the developer hosted a three-hour livestream that showed off Hades II’s gameplay, new features and mechanics, as well as the new designs for its characters based on the gods of Greek mythology. Supergiant’s Creative Director Greg Kasavin and Studio Director Amir Rao demonstrated the abilities of the game’s new protagonist, Melinoë. While she’s the sister of Zagreus, the first title’s protagonist, and Hades II is a direct sequel to the original, Kasavin and Rao said players don’t need to have prior knowledge of the first game and of Greek mythology to enjoy it. Old fans, however, will catch “delightful references” here and there.

Melinoë is a witch and assassin, who’s adept with her staff and can wield magic, and has a pretty different playstyle from Zagreus, as the gameplay footage showed. Kasavin and Roe also showed off new gods like Apollo, returning ones like Aphrodite and Demeter, new resources and various environments within the game. They played the technical test version of Hades II, however, which means certain environments and elements could still go through some changes before the final product is released.

The developer is hoping to fix any issues technical test players might find expeditiously so that the game can go into early access, which is expected to take place sometime this spring.

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