Hades started off as an Early Access game that was released on 6 December 2018. Hades is a rogue-lite set in Greek mythology, where you play as Hades’ son; Zagreus. It feels like games in mythology have been overdone. They used it to progress the engagement of the player with the characters in the game. This made dying in the game kind of beneficial and somewhat of a good thing, with you getting more of the story every time we die. This level of engagement isn't usually in games giving you a massive sense of change throughout your playthrough. It seems like this is one of the reasons why this game could be one of the contenders for Game of the Year, making it the first Indie game to be part of the Game of the Year showcase. Side note, we’re doing an Indie Game Awards on January 8th, 2020, so stay tuned and sign up to our newsletter for updates.
Could It Win?
If it was any other year, Hades could’ve had more of a chance. This year though was a massive year gaming with the next generation still to come. We have had The Last Of Us Part 2, Ghost of Tsushima, and Marvel Avengers. There is still Cyberpunk 2077 and the exclusives coming to the next generation. Hades could still make it to the nominated part of Game of the Year though.
What This Could Mean For The Indie Market
If this game makes it to the nomination category. It could be massive for the indie market which has been growing for a while now. The fact that an indie game could be part of the Game Awards could be massive. This could increase the market and make a lot more teams think that they could reach new heights. It also affects the AAA companies, with them spending a lot of money on massive games. They could spend less money and still make fantastic games.
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