On Thursday, SUPERGIANT Games announced that its highly anticipated next project, Hades II, will go into early access sometime during Q2 of 2024. Players will be able to check out the early versions via Steam and the Epic Games Store when it launches.
SUPERGIANT announced Hades II during the 2022 Game Awards, where the development team said that they would provide more details about the game’s launch into early access in 2023. We now have those details, and can look forward to trying out this exciting sequel on PC sometime during April, May, or June of next year.
The original Hades also launched in early-access, allowing players to provide feedback and input for the developers to shape the final product.
“Similar to how we approached Early Access with the original, following our Hades II Early Access launch, we’ll have several Major Updates adding the rest of the game’s core content and refining what’s there based on player feedback,” SUPERGIANT wrote.
In the blog post where SUPERGIANT made this announcement, the team also elaborated on why Hades II won’t be available until next year.
“Thank you for your patience as we gear up for this launch! You may be wondering, why can’t we launch in Early Access, like, right now?!,” SUPERGIANT Games wrote. “The game looked pretty far along in the first trailer! The reason is, Hades II will have at least as much content from day one in Early Access as the original game did back when it launched in Early Access on Steam. And, even though Early Access inherently means a game is not yet complete, 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.”
Before the game enters early access, a select group of players will be invited to participate in a technical test to weed out any compatibility issues before its broader launch. This test will not include the full scope of content that will be available in the early access version, and only a small number of players will be selected to participate. For more information on this, and the early access launch, you can wishlist the game on Steam or the Epic Games Store.