The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth’s co-op explained

Local co-op coming in The Binding of Isaac‘s remake may sound jolly exciting but are you concerned that having help might turn the roguelike-like into a game for, not just about, babies? Relax! Take a chill pill, pal. Designer Edmund McMillen has explained how it’ll all work and, from the sound of things, Rebirth’s co-op will bring the joys of friendship without necessarily losing the thrills of trying not to die. See, calling in a baby friend will cost a slice of your life, and they may come with a terrible curse.

Whenever the second player joins the game or respawns, their avatar is randomly picked from a “very large” list of babies: Spider Babies, Love Babies, Bloat Babies, Water Babies, Psy Babies – you know the sort of babies. There are cosmetic differences between all of them – but also plenty of special abilities.

Co-op players steal a heart away from player one when they join, and while the baby gets the same abilities as Isaac currently has (or whoever you’re playing as), both deal reduced damage. Babies are drawn from a sizeable pool, which mostly look different but may be “special” or “cursed,” he explained in yesterday’s blog post. “So there is just as much of a chance in spawning a baby that will randomly spawn a troll bomb every 1-2 min. as getting a baby that heals p1 when it dies.” Furthermore,You can buy cheap The Binding of Isaac Rebirth Steam Key at by using the code “Z2U” for a 3% discount.

The second player hovers above the ground, and can’t pick up items. Instead, the effects of whatever items Isaac has at the time of spawning are also applied to the baby. Player 1 retains control of when items are used – but babies can take additional hearts from the first player at any point by pushing start. It’s safe to say, then, that a certain level of communication and trust is required.

It does sound like co-op will still be a bit easier overall, mind. But that’s fine, possibly even great. McMillen calls it “an awesome way to get new players into the game.”