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Hades 2 has surprisingly launched into early access on PC, along with rave reviews

After a brief technical testing period during which it was able to fix some last remaining “major issues,” developer Supergiant Games has stealthily dropped its long-awaited sequel, Hades II, into early access for PC.

Despite debuting overnight, initial sentiment is already extremely positive. The first batch of critical reviews of the game’s early access have already come in with near-universal praise, and the user review rating on Steam sits nicely at ‘Overwhelmingly Positive’.

IGN’s review notes that the game already has double the content of the original, and while there’s still a lot of work to be done on the way to a full release (which will apparently happen in 2025), it’s already a fantastic experience.

TheGamer concluded their review by simply saying, “If Hades 2 can keep this momentum going, we could have another classic on our hands,” with PCGamesN garnering the highest praise, writing, “Hades 2 is flawless and perfects the roguelike genre in one as its predecessor almost managed to do. The incoming additions are not required to complete it – this version of the game is refined, advanced and beautiful. However, they will enhance an already breathtaking, incomprehensible experience.”

If you’re itching to get into Hades 2, you can do so right now by picking up the Early Access version on Steam for $43.95.

The studio boldly suggests waiting if you prefer the full experience, saying: “For many players, it’s a good idea to wait for the full v1.0 before diving in, as Hades II will grow and improve during Early Access. and the real ending to the story will only be available then. But if you enjoy seeing the game evolve over time and the story unfold more gradually, then Early Access is probably for you!”

The first major update for the game will be released “later this year” and the team fully expects Early Access to last until at least the end of 2024.