Supergiant Games's latest, Hades, is still in Early Access for the moment. But even as it builds up toward launch, it's on another scale completely from previous projects, even in sheer story content.
The latest major update for Hades, the Blood Price update, adds a lot to the Greek myth-based roguelike. Alongside more Dual Boons, enemies, objectives and challenges, and Legendary Weapon aspects, there's a lot of narrative content as well. "Added many new narrative events, some for nearly every character," reads the latest patch notes, which puts the tally at roughly 3,500 new voice lines.
Supergiant developer Greg Kasavin made an interesting comparison between the sheer amount of narrative content in this patch and the studio's debut game, Bastion. "I finally started to wrap my head around the size of this new update when I realized it had more new voice lines in it than pretty much all of Bastion," he wrote on Twitter.
In the time since 2011's Bastion, Supergiant Games has put out a handful of games: Transistor, Pyre, and sometime this year, the v1.0 launch of Hades. Each has had a very distinct playstyle pulling from different inspirations, from hack-and-slash to strategy and even sports. While Hades represents the meeting point of Supergiant's previous work, a focus on narrative and storytelling has always been a pillar of its games.
Through that, it's cool to see just how large Hades has grown in its Early Access stages. The process seems to have worked so far. The Blood Price update is absolutely massive, with lots of new content to mess with and explore outside just the narrative. You can even fight Charon, the shopkeeper, now! Not sure why you would, he seems like a perfectly charming fellow, but you can.
Supergiant says today's update will be the last major one before a full launch sometime this year. Even though part of me wants to wait for the finished product, I'm secretly just itching to dive back in and see some of the new content. Gods and myths interacting in a constant loop of life and death? Sign me up.
Hades is in Early Access right now on PC via the Epic Games Store and Steam.