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Gruesome action-RPG Binding of Isaac Rebirth coming to Xbox One

Roguelikes are an up-and-coming genre featuring randomized level design, permadeath (no continues), and a high degree of challenge. The Xbox One has a fine Roguelike to its name: the magic-themed first-person shooter Ziggurat. On the 2D front, the popular action-platformer Rogue Legacy is due out sometime in the future as well. Binding of Isaac is another extremely popular console Roguelike that has been MIA on Xbox... Until now!

After months of rumors, Binding of Isaac Rebirth from indie publisher Nicalis (makers of Castle in the Darkness and 1001 Spikes) has been officially announced for Xbox One! Mix The Legend of Zelda, a twin-stick shooter, and some gruesome imagery and humor into one awesome game and you have The Binding of Isaac. In addition to Xbox One, Binding of Isaac will also be coming to Nintendo Wii U, and New 3DS as well (it's already available on Windows PC and PlayStation consoles).

Don't know your Binding of Isaac from your Tie that Binds? Read on for a quick preview!

Binding of Isaac Rebirth for PlayStation Vita

Descent into tragedy

Binding of Isaac starts out innocently enough, but it gets dark very quickly. The game opens with a stick figure animation sequence depicting Isaac's childhood. He lives happily with his mother, who is very religious. One day she starts hearing voices, and they tell her to kill Isaac. Frantically, he searches for an escape and finds a trapdoor to a dungeon in his room. Thus, Isaac's mission is to survive the dungeon and escape from his crazy mother!

On the surface, Binding of Isaac looks like a dark version of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Isaac must navigate a series of rooms, searching for keys to unlock doors and using bombs to blow up cracked walls and rocks. His life meter is even represented by hearts.

Binding of Isaac Rebirth for PlayStation Vita

Isaac fights a bit differently than Link, however. Instead of a sword, he fires his tears in any direction. Players can use the right stick for firing at 360 degrees or the face buttons (X, Y, A, B) to shoot at right angles. It's a good thing Isaac can keep his distance because the monsters he faces move very quickly and pack a mean punch.

Besides the shooting aspect, Binding of Isaac simply has a dark and unusual personality. Everything is very morbid, with monsters that look hideous and infected and yet cute at the same time. Kill them, and they explode into blood and guts, but not in as disturbing a manner as Hotline Miami. And for some reason, the monsters Isaac faces like to poop. You don't see many games mix the macabre with wackiness like this.

Binding of Isaac Rebirth for PlayStation Vita

A Roguelike of a darker color

Part of the fun of Roguelikes is that the levels are randomly generated, and that applies to Binding of Isaac as well. Isaac essentially moves from room to room in large Zelda-style dungeons, fights gigantic bosses, and then moves on to the next floor of the dungeon. He'll have several floors to clear (and not a lot of life with which to do it) if he ever hopes to escape.

Not only are the layouts and items you find different every time you play, but Binding of Isaac offers a ton of creative challenge modes that mix up the gameplay. Some make the game harder, some make it funnier, and they all keep the experience fresher than the poop Isaac might have to dodge. You'll unlock more challenges as you go on, so the game just gets bigger and bigger as you play.

Binding of Isaac Rebirth for PlayStation Vita

Binding of Isaac Rebirth has been announced for release this year on Xbox One, Wii U, and New 3DS. We expect more news or a release date to emerge next month. If you can't wait, grab the Steam or PlayStation versions.

Nintendo gamers might want to read this joke blog post about the censorship that Nintendo mandated for the Wii U and New 3DS versions of the game. That parts a joke, but it still makes ya glad to be an Xbox One owner!

  • The Binding of Isaac Rebirth – Windows, Mac, and Linux – $14.99 – Steam Link

Update

We originally wondered whether this announcement might be a cruel April Fool's joke. The developer has confirmed on Twitter that it's no joke. Binding of Isaac is definitely coming to Xbox One, Wii U, and New 3DS!

Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!

34 Comments
  • Amazing game.
  • Yep, love it.
  • It's actually a good game. Psychological horror is deep in this one.
  • It must be a good game, its always high up on the list of games being streamed on Twitch. Right now, its 13th place. The top steam has 4,795 viewers!  
  • FINALLY!
  • Even xbox has more apps than WP
  • Xbox and Windows Phone are two different things, not?
  • That's what makes it even more ridiculous
  • Actually they currently are 2 completely different things. Different fan base, different OS (for now). What's rediculous is your claim.
  • Yes you are very right, different everything about them. And what's ridiculous is that WP is ubiquitous as compared to Xbox yet developers would rather develop for xbox
  • Ubiquitous? Windows Phone? Who told you? Which study claimed that? The more you say, the more ridiculous you are. If you're asking, Xbox holds around half of console market share, and Windows Phone? 3% that of smartphones.
  • Too bad it's just a joke.
  • I'm pretty sure it's real.
  • I thoughtit was april fools? so cool if it's real
  • Just remember, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon was announced on April Fools!
  • I loved Blood Dragon. It might be time to revisit the neon landscape again
  • Pretty sure wc had a list of indie game coming to Xbox one and it was on there, not sure when that list was on here but I definitely saw it on a long list of games coming.
  • About time.
  • Thank you for addressing how awful this day is. I almost didn't want to come to the site because I have no interest in sifting through the unfunny crap about a DOS phone.
  • MS-Dos Mobile was actually pretty amusing, especially the Cortana integration. I'd like to see them make it even more robust, actually.
  • New 3ds or will my outdated regular 3ds play it?
  • The original should be fine. Only Xenoblade is the only game I have heard as being limited to only the new handhelds.
  • I don't know man, the isaac website doesn't make me believe this one bit.
  • If it's not, looks like I'm buying this game for yet another platform! This is my favorite game, they shouldn't play with my emotions, haha!
  • Read the actual website. This is a joke.
  • Yes, Nintendo is a joke, but Paul's article makes me very hopeful for Xbox one!
  • Actually, I might be wrong. The developer seems to be assuring everyone this is the real deal.
  • You guys forgot one of the most important things: The devs! The Binding of Isaac was created by Team Meat a.ka. The devs that brought us Super Meat Boy on 360.
  • The more games the better. Go Xbox!
  • I play this all the time on my miix 2 8!
  • Great game! I've spent more hours on the PC version than I'd like to admit, but I'll definitely pick this up.
  • Twitter proves this is pretty real!
  • Fun!
  • It is! And welcome to the site. :)