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Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ starts weeping January 3rd

Prepare to cry

The second The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth [official site] expansion, Afterbirth+, now has a release date: January 3rd. It'll give the roguelikelike dungeon crawler a new chapter, a new character, new items, new enemies, and that other typical expansion stuff, but also bring official mod support. Afterbirth+ was expected to launch by the end of this year but hey, I'm sure the holiday season can provide you with enough tears, torment, inner demons, and family confrontations to tide you over for another three days.

Isaac co-creator Edmund McMillen gave a big ol' list of Afterbirth+'s content in his announcement of the release date. We're looking at a new final chapter with a new final boss, 67 new items, 27 new trinkets, at least 10 new pickups, 5 new Challenges, hundreds of new room layouts, 2 new transformations, 4 new bosses, new forms for old bosses, new enemies, new music, tweaks to Greed Mode, some other odds and ends, and a new playable character.

That new character will be Apollyon, the destroyer, whose item can destroy passive items for stat boosts and collect the powers of active items. That sounds great fun - no more useless items!

Oh, and you'll be able to take 'victory laps' back around after finishing a run.

I'm quite curious to see what players do with the mod tools. They let players create new items and room layouts and enemies and whatnot, but McMillen has hinted players could make basically a new game. The devs plan to roll a small number of mods into the base game with monthly updates.

Afterbirth+ will cost $9.99, though for the first week after its January 3rd launch it'll only be $6.66 for folks who already own Afterbirth.

Here's a dreadful little trailer for Afterbirth+. Poor tormented Isaac.

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Alice has been playing video games since SkiFree and writing about them since 2009, with nine years at RPS. She enjoys immersive sims, roguelikelikes, chunky revolvers, weird little spooky indies, mods, walking simulators, and finding joy in details. Alice lives, swims, and cycles in Scotland.