- Hades 2 will feature more heroes from Greek mythology, continuing the tradition of including well-known figures like Olympians and Greek heroes.
- The protagonist, Zagreus, encounters Greek heroes like Achilles, Theseus, Asterius, Patroclus, and Orpheus in his journey through the Underworld.
- Hades 2 may introduce new heroes like Heracles, Odysseus, Hector, and Jason, who could serve as mentors, advisors, or challengers for the player character, Melinoe.
A homage to stories and characters that have endured for thousands of years, Hades‘ protagonist, Zagreus, was unknown to many players before their experience of the game. Unlike Zagreus, there are many well-known figures from Greek mythology in Hades, such as the Olympians and the spirits of the Greek heroes that populate the Underworld and play a role in Zagreus’ journey. Thanks to the indeterminate time period Hades takes place in, Hades 2 has the freedom to continue in this tradition and feature other heroes from any point in Greek mythology.
The Greek heroes play key roles in Hades, as mentors, advisors, or simply challengers getting in the way of Zagreus’ path to the surface. Achilles, Theseus, Asterius, Patroclus, and Orpheus were some of the most memorable characters in Hades, and there are many more heroes in Greek mythology for Melinoe to meet in Hades 2.
Hades 2’s Hecate Could Point to a Bigger Trend in the Game
By the looks of its only trailer, Hades 2 appears to be giving Hecate a major role in the game, which could point to a larger trend within the game.
The Strength of the Gods in Hades 2: Heracles
The Strongest Man
One of the most famous Greek heroes, Heracles was a demigod – the son of Zeus and a mortal woman. He was renowned as the strongest mortal and is most known for his Twelve Trials of Heracles, which he undertook after killing his wife and children in a rage. There are several versions of Heracles’ fate in mythology, including death or being turned into a god by Zeus. Heracles is mentioned in Hades, where he’s said to have been spirited to Olympus by Zeus, or that he simply resides in Elysium. Heracles would make a formidable boss fight for Melinoe on her journey to Tartarus and, with the Titan of Time in play, it may happen no matter Heracles’ fate.
The Smartest Hero in Hades 2: Odysseus
Athena’s Favorite Hero
Odysseus is a leading player in the Trojan War Cycle, where he’s one of the key figures in the Iliad and the hero of his own tale in the Odyssey. Odysseus was favored by Athena, the Goddess of War and Wisdom, thanks to his cunning and smarts. It was thanks to Odysseus that all the kings of Greece were sworn to travel to Troy to fight to retrieve Helen once she was taken, as he had manipulated them into swearing an oath in exchange for the hand of Penelope. Odysseus spent ten years at war in Troy, and another ten making the journey to his home of Ithaca. Thanks to his connections to the Iliad and wisdom, he would be an amazing advisor for Melinoe, serving the same sort of role as Achilles did for Zagreus.
The Prince of Troy in Hades 2: Hector
A Possible Reconciliation
The Trojan Prince Hector was Troy’s answer to the Greek’s Achilles. Hector was mortal, but he spent ten years single-handedly holding back Achilles from destroying the morale of the Trojan army. His death at the hands of Achilles is considered one of the tragedies of the Iliad, and even though Hector was Trojan and not Greek, he’s depicted in a sympathetic and compassionate light in the Iliad. The Trojans worshiped the same gods as the Greeks, and so Hector would probably have ended up in Elysium like Patroclus.
Another Sorceress in Hades 2: Jason and Medea
An Unlikely Ally
The myth of the search for the Golden Fleece is one of the most enduring, and brought together Greek heroes like Orpheus and Heracles. The leader of the group was Jason, who led the group through many trials. Jason was also married to Medea, a sorceress and a priestess of Hecate. Medea is widely considered one of the key villains in Jason’s story, but some argue she’s a sympathetic victim. Jason’s connection to one of the most notorious sorceresses in Greek mythology could mean his appearance in Hades 2, either as a hero or, in a twist of fate, as a villain, leaving Medea as Melinoe’s ally.
Hades 2 is the continuation of the massively popular Hades franchise, which began with the flagship title, released by Supergiant games in 2020. Players will once again dive into the underworld, aided by Gods and Goddesses as they make their way through the enemies of the Underworld in this Roguelike indie smash hit.