Nicalis' updated edition of the 2D roguelike from 2011, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, will receive a completely randomly generated playable character called Eden, lead designer Edmund McMillen revealed in a spoiler riddled blog post.
"Eden will be the one and only character I'll be officially spoiling on the dev blog and one of a few new playable characters you will be unlocking in Rebirth," McMillen wrote. "I'm spoiling Eden, because they have been spoiled in the past. Eden is the fabled ‘mystery man' I've talked about in interviews before I had a fully realized idea of what they would become... see Eden isn't a man, nor are they a woman.. they just are."
Eden is a completely randomly generated playable character, where all stats are randomized evenly at the beginning of the game "without having any stat so low that it becomes unplayable." The player is given one random pickup item (coin, bomb, key, pill or card), two starting items at random from a pool of unlocked items in the game and one "of many" of Edens white hair styles. Eden will unlock a full set of items when players defeat any of the set final bosses.
"Eden is badass... I think everyone will love/hate using them, and the rewards for completing the game with Eden are so worth the effort," McMillen wrote. The developer explained that the ability to play with a character with random starting items was the most requested feature for Isaac and it was also something he always wanted to do.
Rebirth is a full revisit of the original Flash-based game (pictured above), completely overhauled with a new art style. The game runs on a new engine, introduces more than 150 new items, three new playable characters and two player local co-op. Rebirth is heading to PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows PC, Mac and Linux.