One of Epic's Flagship Exclusives is Coming to Steam

One of Epic's Flagship Exclusives is Coming to Steam

Supergiant's Hades aiming for v1.0 sometime next year.

One of the Epic Games Store's big laucnh exclusives is branching out to other platforms. Hades, Supergiant Games' hellish roguelike, will arrive on Steam Early Access on December 10.

Supergiant Games-the studio behind Bastion, Transistor, and Pyre-took a leap, both in going to the Epic Games Store and in going into Early Access. The developer says in a Steam statement that Hades is aiming for a v1.0 launch in the second half of 2020, but it will enter Steam's storefront as an Early Access title.

Hades was a big get for the, at the time, nascent Epic Games Store. When we talked with Supergiant 's Greg Kasavin at DICE in February, he told us a little more about why the studio went to Epic. Besides wanting to just start development of Hades on one platform rather than several, the smaller, curated storefront of Epic was appealing.

"There are many early access games on Steam, and we had to weigh being quote unquote 'another early access game on Steam' and managing the expectations of our players who may be accustomed to complete games from us," Kasavin told USgamer. "I think there's some stigma that can come with early access games, so there was appeal in conducting early access somewhere else inherently and we just became excited by Epic's vision for their store."

Now Hades is branching out to other PC storefronts, though no other platforms like PlayStation 4 have been confirmed yet.

Though there are a few valid critiques of the Epic Games Store, response to it has been more largely rooted in wild accusations and a fervent anti-Epic sentiment that has led to floods of harassment falling on devs who opt to stock Epic's digital shelves. Fingers are crossed that Supergiant's transition to being on both storefronts remains civil.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Eric Van Allen

News Editor

Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

Read this next

More News

George Miller Once Called Death Stranding "Mathematically Correct," Hideo Kojima Says

The Fury Road director seems to like what Kojima's going for.

The First Three Dragon Quests Finally Leave Their Mobile Prison For Switch

Erdrick's violent kids are about to run rampant on your Switch.

More on PC

Highly Ranked Apex Legends Players Will Get Their Own Trail, so You Know Where Not to Land

At least you'll know if you're landing next to an Apex Predator.

Borderlands 3 Athenas Typhon Log Locations

Here’s where to find the three Typhon Logs on Athenas in Borderlands 3.

Borderlands 3 Promethea Typhon Log Locations

Here’s where to find all of the Typhon Logs on Promethea.

More Action Games

Borderlands 3's Endgame Fights for Position Against Destiny 2 and The Division 2

Gearbox is not letting Borderlands 3 get lost in the MMO shuffle.

Why Astral Chain Might Be the Year's Biggest Surprise for the Nintendo Switch

In a year of Fire Emblem and Pokemon, PlatinumGames has found success on the Switch.