The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth development 'nearing the end,' features two player local co-op

Development on The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, the updated edition of the 2D roguelike from 2011, is "nearing the end of development," lead designer Edmund McMillen revealed today, highlighting new features coming to the remake. Rebirth is a full revisit of the original Flash-based game that McMillen revealed in November 2012. The Binding of Isaac's art has been completely overhauled with a new art style for Rebirth. The game will run on a new engine, not Flash, and will introduce more than 150 new items, three new playable characters and two player local co-op. Different sized rooms, new enemies, chapters, bosses, endings and more feature in Rebirth. The game will also release with a new soundtrack. Fans can listen to the first three publicly released tracks on the official B...


YouTube star Northernlion gives advice on how indie devs can succeed on video

Letourneau started by noting that YouTube stars have become "some of the biggest influencers and biggest personalities out there" in the world of gaming and yet simultaneously "a niche that's still untapped." To prove his point, Letourneau put up logos for major gaming publications like IGN, GameSpot and Kotaku. "You probably all recognize these," he said. Then he put up logos for three of the top gaming video creators on YouTube: TotalBiscuit, OfficialNerdCubed and TheRPGMinx. He pointed out that together these three reach millions of viewers, but they aren't as instantly recognizable — and as such not as frequently contacted by developers. "These three YouTubers can single-handedly get your game greenlit and drive sales if they like it," he said. To further demonstrate this,...


The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is more than halfway done, dev says

Development on The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, the updated edition of the 2D roguelike from 2011, is "more than halfway done," and the game is on track to be released this year, said lead designer Edmund McMillen on his blog today. McMillen posted a Q&A with an imaginary fan demanding answers about Rebirth, which is a full remake of the original game that McMillen announced in November 2012. Rebirth is in development on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Windows PC. McMillen did not rule out releases on other platforms such as Nintendo 3DS, although he said the game's religious content "currently goes against Nintendo's publishing rules." According to McMillen, 85 percent of Rebirth's art is complete — it will feature a completely new art style compared to the...


The Binding of Isaac celebrates two-year anniversary with sale, mini doc

In celebration of The Binding of Isaac's two-year anniversary on Steam, the creators of Indie Game: The Movie released a 30-minute mini-doc on the game's origins. The video, which you can watch above, features an extended interview from the special edition of Indie Game: The Movie with creator and Team Meat co-founder Edmund McMillen. While his partner, Tommy Refenes, was on vacation for the week, McMillen took a break of his own by making a "risky project." "I'm the kind of person that thinks that really good art should upset some," McMillen said. "Not directly, but maybe in the way that they don't like what it's saying or it makes them feel weird. I don't think really great art is something that has mass appeal. Or maybe that's greater art." McMillen proceeded to combine some of...


PlayStation Vita is ready for a renaissance

At its Gamescom conference yesterday, Sony introduced a significant price cut to both its models of PS Vita and showed off the machine's Remote Play feature with a PlayStation 4 demo of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. Perhaps just as significant was the shotgun blast of indie games announced for the handheld, as well as the appearance of a series of respected independent developers who were willing to wax effusive about the machine, despite its difficult first 18 months on the market. Tellingly, Sony won't release sales numbers of PS Vita, though there's no doubt that it falls into the "niche" category, a long way away from its maker's mass-market aspirations. But the machine is adding to its list of benefits, seeking to emulate the success of its predecessor, the PSP. Despite strong...


Opinion: Binding of Isaac League Racing is the secret best thing to happen to eSports

BOILeR stands for Binding of Isaac League Racing. Edmund McMillen's action-adventure roguelike, The Binding of Isaac, is a single-player-only game. It was never intended for competitive play. But BOILeR makes it work. players could receive any of nearly 200 items on each floor The idea is simple. In each event, two players load up a tournament-standard save file for The Binding of Isaac. They start at the same time and race to see who can be the first to make it to a specified location — during the regular season, they're aiming for Mom's Heart, what was the initial end to the game before any updates or add-ons were released. In the finals, they'll go even further to some of the more masochistic end bosses that were added to the game. Now in its second season of competition,...


Mew-Genics moves beyond cat hoarding, introduces new character

Mew-Genics, the upcoming game from the developers of Super Meat Boy, will move beyond cat hoarding to "more traditional hoarding" and will feature an accident prone child called Baby Jack, according to an update its official blog. Baby Jack is the manager of the in-game store, Hoarders R Us, which will allow players to collect new items. But, according to developer Edmund McMillen, it "wont be your basic hoarding sim" and the "furniture in the shop has significance that goes beyond pathological collecting." "Every day Jack stocks the store with pieces of his Nonas collection, bringing you amazing things for your house as well as aiding in her eventual escape from the confines of her self imposed tomb." McMillen wrote on the blog. He went to say that the freedom to change a game's...


The Binding of Isaac has sold more than two million copies to date

The Binding of Isaac co-creator Edmund McMillen recently revealed that the game has sold more than two million copies during a recent YouTube interview. Speaking with Northernlion, McMillen said that the game continues to build momentum. "In the first year we sold a million copies, and now we're already up to two million," McMillen said. "It's nuts ... It would be awesome [for the remake] to come out before the end of the year." The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, the upcoming remake announced in November 2012, will include new content. McMillen spoke about Mystery Man, a randomly generated unlockable character with randomly generated items. Mystery Man's stats will also be randomly generated, McMillen said. You can listen to the full interview in the video above to hear more. Rebirth is...


Steam Indie Spring Sale features 1,000 indie titles discounted up to 80 percent off

The Steam Indie Spring Sale, which features a thousand indie titles discounted up to 80 percent off, is now live and will run until March 29. Featured games on sale include Super Meat Boy for $5.09, FTL: Faster Than Light for $4.99, Hotline Miami for $4.99, Deadlight for $3.74, Garry's Mod for $2.49, Legend of Grimrock for $7.49, The Binding of Isaac for $1.24, Trine 2 for $3.74 and Amnesia: The Dark Descent for $4.99. There are also PAX East and Independent Games Festival categories within the Spring Sale. Each day, the IGF category will feature different finalists and winners from past IGF Awards.


Humble Indie Bundle 7 ends with $2.65 million in sales, $10 million to charity to date

The latest Humble Indie Bundle has come to a close with $2.65 million in total sales over a two-week period, according to the official site. Nearly 400,000 bundles — a mix of nine indie video games, game soundtracks and documentary Indie Game: The Movie — were sold. Thanks to contributions made during Humble Indie Bundle 7, the group has raised more than $10 million for charity, according to Humble Bundle's Jeffrey Rosen. Humble Bundle buyers can opt to donate a portion of their bundle contribution to Child's Play and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Humble Indie Bundle 7 launched on Dec. 19 with Windows, Mac and Linux versions of The Binding of Isaac, Closure, Shank 2, Snapshot, Legend of Grimrock, Dungeon Defenders and Indie Game: The Movie. The following week, the bundle a...

The Binding of Isaac Releases
North America
  • Windows
    • Released 09/28/2011
    • Developer Edmund McMillen
  • Mac
    • Released 09/28/2011
    • Developer Edmund McMillen
  • Linux
    • Released 09/28/2011
    • Developer Edmund McMillen
  • PlayStation 3
    • Developer Nicalis
  • Windows
    • Developer Nicalis
  • PlayStation 4
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