The Binding of Isaac Rebirth got its pre-order page added to Steam yesterday, and with it comes full pricing information. The game for new customers will be $15, which is a great deal for the sheer volume of content inside. One of the promises made to the fans who had already purchased the game in its original form was that they’d get a discount on the update, and that pricing is live as well. Turns out it’s a 33% discount, dropping the price from $15 to $10.
Needless to say, the thread in the Steam forums is bursting with argumentative people throwing opinions back and forth, but in a pleasant surprise the bulk of it is satisfied with the math. The original game was $5, the discount is $5. Yeah, fine, that doesn’t take into account the Wrath of the Lamb expansion being $3, but it’s not necessary to own that to snag the discount, and it also wasn’t necessary to have paid full price for the original game to get the savings, either. While some people are taken aback at the original wording saying the discount would be “significant”, and 33% being more along the lines of “reasonable” based on comparisons with other pre-order savings, it’s still nothing to turn one’s nose up at.
It’s also not a discount to wait too long to take advantage of. It lasts for the duration of the reservation period only, so if you’re interested you might want to take advantage of that some time in the next two months. The Binding of Isaac was an incredible game only held back by its Flash-based engine, and the new version is free of all its limitations. It’s also free on PS+ in November, so if you’re getting it that way then Steam pricing isn’t even a consideration. I only got a little hands-on time with the game at E3 (already own the original, knew I wouldn’t be able to find the time to write about Rebirth) but what I played showed that, no matter how you end up paying for The Binding of Isaac Resurrection, it’s going to justify every penny spent.