Two years ago Netflix began its raid on the gaming industry. Since then, the company best known for its movie and TV streaming service has nearly tripled the games available in its library, now offering a total of 77 mobile adventures. Now, the company is adding one more to its collection: Hades, a mobile game for iOS based on the Greek god of the underworld.
Hades And Netflix
Netflix’s journey into gaming has been a slow burn — so slow that many have questioned the entertainment conglomerate’s intentions in the industry.
However, with the announcement that the company will soon be adding Hades to its library, it’s becoming clear that Netflix is committed to providing not just casual games, but immersive experiences with high-quality, recognizable titles.
The Hades Narrative
Hades, an immersive game developed by Supergiant Games, is an isometric dungeon crawler. The game casts players into the role of Zagreus, the charismatic prince of Tartarus and son of the God of the Dead.
The narrative revolves around Zagreus’s relentless pursuit to escape his father’s domain and reach the mortal world in search of his mother.
Hades And The Underworld
Throughout the game, players face the challenge of selecting from various weapons before each escape attempt, with gods from Olympus offering assistance to aid the daring prince on his perilous journey.
Hades is not a game that players are meant to make it through without dying. In fact, the inevitable deaths of Zagreus serve as a reset, sending him back to the Underworld and the beginning of the game.
Hades On PC In 2018
Originally launched on PC with early access beginning in 2018, Hades officially hit the gaming scene in 2020.
The critically acclaimed game captivated players with its engaging storyline, dynamic gameplay, and captivating art style. Despite what many consider to be a strong contender for Game of the Year, Hades faced stiff competition and did not secure the coveted title, losing to The Last of Us Part II.
Still, its impact was undeniable, prompting Supergiant Games to announce a sequel in 2022, which is set to release in the second quarter of 2024.
Netflix Bringing More Games
Since its foray into the gaming arena, Netflix has demonstrated a strategic approach, incorporating well-known indie games like the Oxenfree series and Hextech Mayhem.
However, with the recent announcement of Hades as well as Braid by Number None, the streaming giant has signaled an intent to bring more than just time-filler games to its platform.
Now, it seems the Netflix gaming roster may begin to showcase higher-quality, top-notch content.
First Service For Hades
In fact, Netflix will be the first service to offer Hades to mobile players. As of now, the game will only be available to iOS users, but if it finds success on the platform there may be expansion to other devices.
Netflix’s announcement of Hades joining its gaming service in 2024 is a significant step forward in expanding the platform’s gaming library.
By securing exclusive rights to the mobile debut of Hades, Netflix is positioning itself as a serious player in the gaming industry, offering users not only popular titles but also fostering a unique gaming experience.
As the boundaries between streaming and gaming continue to blur, Netflix’s strategic move with this dungeon crawler sets the stage for further innovations in the evolving landscape of entertainment and interactive content.