Nintendo's Indie World showcase kicked off the other day, giving us a jam-packed 20 minutes full of interesting looking indie titles, some releasing now while others are a bit farther off. It was an exciting showcase, to be sure, and Nintendo decided to start the presentation off with a bang by giving the mic to developer Supergiant Games. Best known for their isometric action/adventure hits Bastion and Transistor, Supergiant has been hard at work on their early access title Hades. As an early access game, Hades has only been available on PC for over a year now. That's all about to change: Hades will be making its console debut on Nintendo Switch this Fall.


The announcement opened up with a brief trailer for Hades itself, followed by a member of the Supergiant team delivering the good news. Supergiant worded it as a "system debut", which seems to imply the game will be making its way to PlayStation and Xbox before long. Which generation of them, however, remains to be seen. Since its release in late 2018, Hades has seen numerous updates from the team bringing it closer and closer out of early access. The version coming to Switch will be fully up to date with everything that's come before it, and best of all, players who have save data on their PCs can transfer that data to the Switch via cross-save. Considering Hades' nature as a roguelike that players will be pouring a lot of hours into, this is a very welcome bonus.

Hades looks and plays similarly to Supergiant's other games (i.e. isometric action overlaid on beautiful environmental artwork and character design). The key difference this time around is that Hades is a roguelike. You play as Zagreus, the son of Greek god Hades. Zagreus is looking to escape his overbearing father, but in order to do so, he must fight and climb his way out of the underworld with the help of other members of the Greek pantheon. As players traverse the game's levels, dying brings you back to the very start while keeping all of your upgrades and experience acquired along the way. You can use these to further strengthen yourself in the hub, which in turn gets you even farther each run. You can see the action for yourself in the trailer below; it's stunning!


So, Hades is coming to Nintendo Switch sometime this Fall. We don't know exactly when just yet, but it probably won't be long before Supergiant has more to say on that (plus Fall is right around the corner!). If you're itching to get your hands on Hades right now, you have the perfect excuse to do so since your progress can be transferred over. The game is available on both the Epic Games Store and Steam, so whatever you pick is just a matter of personal preference. This isn't the first time Supergiant has had their games show up on Nintendo's platforms; Transistor was another recent addition to the Switch lineup, alongside a fantastic run from collector-centric Limited Run Games. You can watch the Hades announcement trailer below here. Hope you like Greek mythology!


Tanner is a freelance writer. He enjoys all things video games, particularly the weirder ones, and can often be found drinking coffee and trying to get through his backlog.

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