When talking about the genre of roguelikes, you can't get far in the discussion without hearing something about The Binding of Isaac. The 2D game is immensely popular among the PC gaming community (similarly so on consoles) and to this day, it's credited as one of the games that's led to a popularity boom for roguelike games in general. Sadly, Isaac will be receiving its final expansion in the near future. The expansion, entitled 'The Binding of Isaac: Repentance', has been in the works for a little while now. Developer Edmund McMillen took to the game's Steam community section to drop a trailer and a tease for what's to come. You can feel the excitement for this release just by reading McMillen's words.


"That's right, Repentance will finally be in your hands, hearts, and souls on March 31st," McMillen writes. "Me and the team are excited for this beast to finally rise from the depths and consume your every waking hour for the years to come, we just want all of its features to be perfect and testing to be a bit more in-depth than our last little release that will go unnamed." That's right, Repentance will be releasing early on in the Spring of this year. The trailer put together with the announcement is chock full of references and nods to the history of the game and its story, which means eagle-eyed fans will want to comb through it bit by bit very carefully. McMillen notes at the end of the post that the team only has around 11 posts left to make before the game is wrapped up for good with Repentance's release. A sad day, but there's no doubt the game's legacy will last for a long, long time.

Repentance will be a very huge expansion, and McMillen has gone to great lengths to emphasize this on his social media. In his terms, Repentance is "sequel-sized", containing a huge treasure trove of new content, from new bosses to new floors, new story content to new characters. For those who have never seen The Binding of Isaac before, think the original Legend of Zelda's dungeons meets Super Meat Boy's art style. As a roguelike game, the levels are randomly generated and death means you're starting back from square one, though you do keep the power-ups you find. There are many bosses throughout, though the star of the show is Isaac's mother. The game was so popular on PC that a version for consoles (The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth) was eventually put into production. Rebirth is a remake of the original game, complete with the expansions that preceded Repentance. Naturally, the PC crowd got this enhanced version of the game to replace the former one.

The Binding of Isaac: Repentance releases on March 31st of this year. The expansion was the result of a popular mod of the game, Antibirth, which McMillen liked so much he decided to work with the modder to turn it into a full-on expansion. You can play The Binding of Isaac on a huge amount of platforms: Windows PC, Mac OS, Linux, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Wii U, 3DS, PlayStation Vita, and iOS devices. Phew, did I get all of that? Basically, you'll likely be able to find something to play it on if you're curious. McMillen did reveal that Repentance will be coming to PC players first, with the console versions of the expansion planned for sometime later this year.


Tanner is a freelance writer. He enjoys all things video games, particularly the weirder ones, and can often be found drinking coffee and trying to get through his backlog.

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