Nintendo Switch owners can expect The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ to release for their brand new devices next Friday, March 17, both digitally and physically.
— Nicalis, Inc. (@nicalis) March 8, 2017
After delays “for reasons beyond our control”, according to the game’s developer Nicalis Inc., the game will ship out next week. The boxed version has a reversible cover, a 20-page color instruction manual and a sticker sheet that’s limited edition. It costs $40, and comes nearly two months after its PC launch in January 2017.
Though slated for a Spring 2017 release, there’s no confirmation on when the title is actually coming to other gaming consoles, but Nintendo Switch owners appear the be the lucky ones picked for the first console release.
The game is the second expansion of The Binding of Isaac, which was originally launched for Windows PCs in 2011, and later ported for operating systems like OS X and Linux.
Interestingly, it never made it to Nintendo 3DS because of blasphemous content. One of the game’s designers, Edmund McMillen, speculated that Nintendo refused the title because it was too much like Zelda, and that “an unknowing child may download the title and be shocked by what they see, which would have reflected poorly on Nintendo.”
However, Nintendo finally rescinded, and The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth finally made it to the New Nintendo 3DS. It first released to Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita in November 2014, and for Xbox One, New Nintendo 3DS, and Wii U in July 2015.
The same year, the first expansion, The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth, was launched, in October 2015 to Windows PCs and then in May, 2016 to PS4 and Xbox One.
The latest expansion, The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+, was launched on Steam on January 3, 2017. It is now making its debut on Nintendo Switch next week, on Friday, March 17, 2017.
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