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The Binding of Isaac is getting a hearty Afterbirth expansion

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is getting a hefty amount of add-on content around the middle of this year, developer Edmund McMillen says. The game's first expansion, titled Afterbirth, will "easily extend the gameplay time by another 100-200 hours," he says, thanks to a long list of new additions.

Here's almost everything — McMillen says there's more to come — in the Afterbirth DLC.

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

That's quite a bit, considering how big and replayable The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is already.

McMillen also lists some interesting, fan-suggested challenges for the Afterbirth DLC, including a boss rush battle, one called "Sonic," in which the player starts with 99 coins and dies at zero, and "High Rule," in which the player is outfitted with Mom's Knife, a shield and boomerang. They might not all make it into the DLC, he says, but they're still some quality ideas.

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth was released by McMillen and Nicalis last year for Linux, Mac and Windows PC, as well as PlayStation 4 and Vita.

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