Think about taking part in Hades, working to flee the underworld, combating, and succumbing to swarms of relentless enemies. Each time your character perishes, you hear the low, sinister chuckle of the King of the Useless in your ear, mocking you in your weak point. Till lastly, after numerous makes an attempt, you stand earlier than Hades, making ready for the ultimate confrontation, and also you hear your character say, “To all our followers, we dedicate this combat to you!” As a result of on this model of Hades, you’re taking part in as Theseus.
Fortunately, this didn’t occur. However in accordance with a report within the Verge, we narrowly averted a Dangerous Timeline wherein the platinum-blonde blowhard was the star of Supergiant Video games’ 2020 roguelite hit as an alternative of the suave and candy Prince Zagreus.
Early ideas of the sport featured Theseus as he explored the labyrinth of Crete, Supergiant co-founder Amir Rao mentioned in a chat on the invitation- and audio-only social app Clubhouse. Although Theseus is a well-liked heroic determine in Greek fantasy, the workforce was unhappy along with his growth as Hades’ hero.
“After we had been attempting to carry him to life as a protagonist, he has this threat of being sort of very generic,” Hades inventive director Greg Kasavin mentioned to Verge. “However as quickly as we begin including particular element[s] to him, he simply doesn’t actually really feel like Theseus anymore.”
Going again to the mythological drafting board, Kasavin discovered the uncared for story of the son of Hades and determined Zagreus would make for a greater protagonist.
“We simply discovered a greater kind of angle on the protagonist, on the general theme and on the storytelling method as properly in that one swoop,” Kasavin mentioned.
Theseus as Hades’ protagonist made logical sense. In spite of everything, he’s the celebrated, minotaur-slaying hero of Greek fantasy. However Hades’ story labored as a result of it subverted expectations. Gods had been nonetheless capricious and petty creatures, however they’re your loved ones, and you like them, damnit. It nonetheless featured a discontented son killing his overbearing father, however the recreation’s fundamental story was about reconciliation, not revenge. Even the design of the gods themselves as folks of coloration was revolutionary. Although I believe Hades would have been fulfilling regardless of who I piloted by way of these twisting dungeons, I really feel the sport’s success is as a result of Supergiant took the well-worn supply materials and acquired funky with it. In Hades, Theseus continues to be a hero—an obnoxious, self-absorbed, overly groomed hero whom everybody likes to hate.