The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

  • Couch Co-Op: 2 Players
  • + Co-Op Campaign
The Binding of Isaac Console Expansion Currently in Development
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The Binding of Isaac Console Expansion Currently in Development

McMillen and Team Meat show console gamers some co-op lovin'.

From the creators of the hardcore platformer, Super Meat Boy, Team Meat will be bringing one of their most dark, yet entertaining titles, The Binding of Isaac, to the console platform, and with local co-op play!

On the PC and Mac side, The Binding of Isaac has sold over 1 million copies worldwide. Sadly, the console gamers were left out to dry and (originally) weren’t going to be given the chance to try out the game for themselves. However, things are beginning to look really good for Team Meat fans out there! Being remade into a 16-bit retro style, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth version of the smash hit will be the console gamer’s chance to test out the waters in this morbid, but addicting adventure game. It has already been stated that interest in a 2-player local co-op mode will be the main feature of this version!

Creator of the game, Edmund McMillen was approached by Nicalis’ own Tyrone Rodriguez, who helped publish VVVVVV and Cave Story. Apparently, he was very interested in McMillen bringing the game to the console platform scene and approached the developer to make a remake of The Binding of Isaac specifically for consoles. Anyone who’s familiar with McMillen should know of his views on video game industry business practices, so it’s not surprising that he had a few conditions that needed to be ironed out before he’d proceed with the expansion:

'I wanted the game to feature the second planned expansion that I couldn't do in the Flash version, I wanted it to feature local co-op, I wanted the graphics to be totally remade in 16-bit but still look and feel like the Flash version, and finally, I didn't want to deal with anything when it came to business.' said the Team Meat developer.

At the moment, McMillen isn’t sure of which console platforms to publish Rebirth. So far, as a downloadable game, Microsoft and Sony have shown interest in the game’s expansion (Super Meat Boy was a huge success), but McMillen stated that he wants to try to "soften up a few people at Nintendo" to get permission to do a Wii U or 3DS eShop sort of thing. He is, however, is still uncertain if a touchscreen gameplay style is the right way to go for Rebirth. It will mostly likely be an uphill battle for him to pass off a game like The Binding of Isaac on a more family oriented console, as the game has a PEGI rating of 16 . Regardless, McMillen is willing to try if the chance presents itself.

No word on anything more about the co-op side of things or even a guesstimated release date, but Rebirth’s development is now currently underway. Exciting news for co-op gamers, isn’t it?