The sequel to the critically acclaimed Hades is in development. Last week at the Game Awards, Supergiant premiered the trailer for Hades 2. This announcement came out of nowhere, and fans of the first game celebrated with excitement and gratitude.
What we Know
Based on the trailer, the gameplay seems to be a hack-and-slash dungeon crawler, just like Hades. The trailer shows new locations, allies, and enemies.
The main antagonist of Hades 2 is Chronos, the god of time. He escaped his imprisonment in the Underworld to wage war on Olympus. Chronos now has Hades captive as a part of his revenge on his children. His plans are unknown, but the god of the dead is now missing, which cannot be a good thing. Especially knowing how much work goes into keeping the Underworld organized. The duty of rescuing Hades falls to his daughter: Melinoë.
Like Zagreus, Melinoë comes from Orphic mythology. Melinoë is a chthonic nymph. She is a bringer of nightmares and madness. She is black on one side and white on the other side of her body. In Hades 2, she has a body similar to all the other characters, but one of her arms is translucent. She is born of a union where Zeus impersonates Hades and impregnates Persephone, much to her rage. Melinoë has a connection to Hecate, who also has ties to necromancy. Hecate seems to be an important character in the game as the goddess is Melinoë’s sparring partner and mentor.
It is unclear how the studio will address Melinoë’s conception and her parents’ feelings on the matter. However, seeing that she refers to Hades as her father and is on a mission to rescue him, it probably means that there is a cordial relationship.
Where is Zagreus?
Since Zagreus seems to be the eldest sibling, it is very possible he may make appearances in the game. However, it may also not be possible, and only references to his role in all of this remain a mystery. Since Melinoë is the sibling going on the rescue mission, it is very likely that Zagreus will be doing his father’s job of sorting out the dead, much to his dismay.
The official Hades 2 announcement states the full might of Olympus will aid Melinoë on her mission. In the trailer, we see Apollo, the god of music, among other things, coming to Melinoë’s aid. The primary twelve Greek deities will likely assist her throughout her journey. It is also possible that Chronos has Zeus and Poseidon captive alongside Hades because they were the ones who defeated the titans in the original tales.
For the uninitiated, the Twelve Olympians are Zeus, King of the Gods. Hera, the Goddess of Marriage and Queen of the Gods. Poseidon, Demeter, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Hephaestus, the god of Fire and Blacksmiths, Aphrodite, Hermes, and Dionysus, are the Twelve Olympian Gods. Hestia, the goddess of the Hearth and Home, is another goddess who is considered a part of the Twelve. She is often switched out with Dionysus. Hera, Hephaestus, and Hestia are the only gods not to make appearances in Hades. It is possible they will be added to the roster alongside Apollo.
Potential New Allies?
Melinoë also has the aid of two more of Nyx’s children: Nemesis and Moros. Nemesis, the retribution incarnate, is a goddess who enacts retribution against those who succumb to hubris and arrogance before the gods. Moros, the doom incarnate, is the personified spirit of impending doom that drives mortals to their deadly fate.
In Hades, Thanatos references Nemesis and says that even though he and Nemesis are children of Nyx, they may not ever meet due to their duties, making it near impossible for them ever to cross paths. Given the circumstances, it is possible that Thanatos, Hypnos, and the furies Megaera, Tisiphone, and Alecto may also appear, but it is not certain.
Melinoë also seems to make a connection with a listless shade called Dora. She could be an original character like Skelly and the Good Shade. But, she could also not be. All we can do is wait for the game to release to find out.
Nyx’s Many Children
Seven of Nyx’s children have appeared in the franchise so far. This makes it very likely that maybe more will appear in Hades 2. While we have no way of confirming or denying who will or will not appear, it is fun to speculate. Nyx is the mother to many. The ones who have not made an appearance in the franchise are Aether, Hemera, the Keres, the Oneiroi, Momus, Oizys, the Hesperides, the Moirai, Apate, Philotes, Geras, and Eris.
Aether, in non-Orphic tales, is Nyx’s son. In the Orphic tales, Aether was born from Chronos alongside Chaos and an egg that became the god Phanes. Phanes is the creator of the cosmos, and all three are primordial beings. There is a potential that Aether could also be an antagonist based on his Orphic lore.
Hemera is the personification of day and is responsible for changing night into day. In non-Orphic tales, Hemera and Aether are siblings, both born from Erebus and Nyx.
The Keres are goddesses who personified violent death. They live for bloody deaths on battlefields and feast on the corpses left in the wake of violence.
The Oneiroi are dreams that were sometimes personified as one being, Oneiros.
Oizys is the goddess of misery, anxiety, grief, depression, and misfortune. Momus is Oizys’s twin and is the personification of satire and mockery.
Apate is the personification of deceit. The Hesperides are the nymphs of the evening and the golden light of sunsets.
The Moirai, better known as the fates Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos, are traditionally spectators in the events of the universe. However, their appearance is possible, given that the flow of time is in peril.
Philotes are the personification of affection, friendship, and sex. Geras is the god of old age.
Eris is the goddess of strife and discord. Whenever golden apples appear in media, it’s most likely a reference to Eris. Dolos is a spirit of trickery.
Eros, the god of love and sex, is also considered a child of Nyx through the Orphic tales. Since Supergiant seems to follow the Orphic tales, it is likely that Eros can be added to the list.
Other Chthonic Figures
The term ‘Chthonic’ refers to Underworld and Agricultural deities. While there are many deities and figures that would fall into this category, we selected a few that are more likely than others.
Gaia is the personification of the Earth and is a primordial being. As the mother of the Titans, she could have a potential cameo.
Plutus is the god of wealth. He is also a son of Demeter, which makes him Persephone’s brother. Given the family connection, it is possible he will appear alongside Demeter.
The Horae, not to be confused with Moirai, sisters are the goddesses of the seasons. Given their connection to the natural progression of time, they could also be allies in Melinoë’s journey.
Triptolemus, a mortal prince, is one of the original sages of Demeter. In tales, he aids Demeter after Persephone’s descent into the Underworld. He is an unlikely character, but we can only speculate.
Trophonius, or Zeus Trophonius in Chthonic lore, has a convoluted background, as scholars can’t figure out if he is a god, demon, or hero. Some accounts refer to him as a son of Apollo. A lot of tales mix the three. They say he was a human the Earth swallowed. He became a cave-dwelling demon and made people who went through his cave of nightmares experience horrific events. It is possible he could appear based on similarities between his and Melinoë’s abilities, but that remains to be seen.
It’s too early to make claims about what is going to happen and what characters will appear. However, the idea of seeing more primordial beings and Cthonic deities is exciting. Unfortunately, Greek mythology is rich with tales, so it makes it difficult to narrow many ideas down. Nevertheless, we are excited to see the direction Supergiant will take. As of now, Hades 2 is still in development, and more information will come in 2023. Check out more about Greek Mythology and Gaming by reading more of our posts!