33 Immortals is even more like Hades than I expected | Digital Trends

When something phenomenal like Hades arrives, you can be sure it will inspire a generation of gaming. Now three years removed from Hades 1.0, we already saw it with 33 immortals. Developed by Spirits study Thunder Lotus, 33 immortals is a top-down hack-and-slash game built around mythology. The twist on that formula is that it features 33-player co-op, but it’s not hard to trace the inspiration.

33 Immortals – Announce Trailer (ESRB)

Even after seeing its debut trailer, however, I didn’t fully understand how deep the similarities ran. I wouldn’t even have realized these connections when I went to try it out to experience its promising co-op combat. It wasn’t until I asked the Thunder Lotus team about their approach to storytelling that those connections would become bright as day. And trust me: I definitely don’t mean it disparagingly, even if you like it Hadesearly access will be the key to its success.

The divine Comedy

The basic game flow of 33 immortals it’s easy to explain. My teammates and I are thrown into a map where we must travel together and take down waves of enemies. I controlled a bow-wielding character who could fire three arrows at once and call them back to hit enemies again on their way back. Along the way, we’ve completed several challenge chambers filled with rewards, such as relics, which grant passive perks. Each biome culminates in a big boss fight that must be unlocked after a tough wave defense challenge.

The combat itself seems relatively straightforward so far. I mostly just pinched the arrows three at a time, sometimes holding down the X button to charge up a more powerful shot. The one major twist comes in the form of co-op skills. By pressing the right trigger, a player spawns a series of connected sigils. Three players must activate symbols simultaneously to activate an ability, such as a healing blast or a shower of arrows. It’s a small twist that makes good use of its massively multiplayer aspect.

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33 immortals it’s not set to launch until next year, when it enters Early Access, and will have to make the most of that period. I imagine there will be a lot of changes when it comes to finding the right balance and delving into the combat system. I’m also curious to see how Thunder Lotus improves player communication within the game. Right now, there’s just a simple emoticon system, but I can’t imagine it’s going to be easy to direct 32 other people to get on the same page with that. Perhaps chaos is the point, but I hope there is a good way to rally troops.

As mentioned, the most interesting part would come after the hands-on demo, when I asked the team about it 33 immortals storytelling. The game is a loose adaptation of the Divine Comedy, where each player is trying to escape their eternal punishment. The denizens of Hell decide to form a rebellion and break out, and to do so they must find the Crown of Immortality. The Thunder Lotus team says players will fight bosses like Lucifer, Adam and Eve, and, yes, God himself.

It will also feature a hub filled with NPCs like Dante for players to talk to between missions. At that point the Hades the comparisons were crystal clear. It certainly seems like the studio is trying to find its own twist on that winning game formula with this action roguelike.

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I don’t think well of knowing how successful this approach is until the game reaches its 1.0 launch, whenever that can be. For now, Thunder Lotus has a lot of work to do to make sure its 33-player experience really works. It’ll need to overcome some basic challenges, like making sure 33 players can even pair consistently (the team is targeting crossplay between console, PC, and the Epic Games Store, which should help). As we learned with Hades, however, there is no hurry. The key to victory in this genre is patience and learning from every mistake. If Thunder Lotus can do it next year with the Early Access release, I have faith in his ambitious plan.

33 immortals will be released for PC and Xbox Series in 2024. It will be in Early Access upon release.

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