The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth's DLC detailed

The Binding of Isaac is a game that just won't die. (Ironic, really, as most of its players will have died more than a few times in the depths of its basement.) After being re-made and expanded as TBoI: Rebirth, that remake is now getting DLC—delightfully called 'Afterbirth'.

Over at the BoI blog, Isaac creator Edmund McMillen rounds up what's in Afterbirth. Ew, gross.

  • 100+ new items
  • A new game mode that will "totally change how you play".
  • 10 new challenges
  • New playable character
  • New alternate final chapter
  • New alternate floors
  • New endings
  • New final bosses
  • Tons of new bosses and enemies
  • New items, cards, pills, etc.
  • New achievements and rewards for beating the game on hard
  • New co-op babies
  • New transformations
  • More...

A lot, then. In all, McMillen estimates the expansion could extend the Zelda-like roguelike's play time by 100-200 hours.

In addition, it looks like the original Binding of Isaac will be getting an update too. That game's programmer, Florian Himsl, is adding additional hard-mode versions of bosses. Here's an update video showing how these elite bosses will work.


Phil has been PC gaming since the '90s, when RPGs had dice rolls and open world adventures were weird and French. Now he's the deputy editor of PC Gamer; commissioning features, filling magazine pages, and knowing where the apostrophe goes in '90s. He plays Scout in TF2, and isn't even ashamed.
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