Binding of Isaac sells 700K, console version teased

Edmund McMillen says $5 downloadable PC game reached sales milestone after arrival of Wrath of the Lamb DLC, hints at console release.

Edmund McMillen's $5 downloadable PC game The Binding of Isaac has sold 700,000 copies, the designer revealed in an email blast last night. He said the release of the game's Wrath of the Lamb downloadable content caused a "huge influx" in sales and pushed the game to its new sales milestone.

The Binding of Isaac is closing in on platinum status.

McMillen explained that the Wrath of the Lamb expansion sold a fifth of overall sales, or about 140,000 copies. This DLC launched at the end of May and added new enemies, rooms, bosses, and items. At the end of January, The Binding of Isaac had sold nearly 450,000 copies.

McMillen also spoke about the Wrath of the Lamb's launch, calling it "a bit rocky." He said, "the limitations of Flash and the abundance of items caused an infinite number of variables that we simply couldn't effectively test, and it kinda sucked."

He explained that the expansion's game-breaking bugs were dealt with on launch day, but another content update was still necessary. Wrath of the Lamb v1.3, which is available now, includes more items, bosses, enemies, music, secrets, and a "hard to attain final ending cutscene."

McMillen concluded his note with a tease of where The Binding of Isaac may be headed.

"700k is a big number," he wrote. "Maybe it's time to bring this thing to console ;)"

He did not elaborate further, but in March, McMillen said he was eyeing Sony platforms for a future release of the religiously charged game.

The Binding of Isaac is an overhead shooter that has players controlling a child named Isaac who must escape the clutches of his mother, who is trying to kill him. For more on the title, check out GameSpot's review of The Binding of Isaac.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Necromantic45
Necromantic45

I don't know how anybody is really having issues running this game, runs flawlessly on my machine, even if it is a flash designed game.  I also really haven't encountered any bugs to speak of, but I guess i haven't gotten that right combination of items to cause any bugs :/

Darko-Ashitaka
Darko-Ashitaka

One of the best games to come out last year, I'm still playing the hell out of it. This game is a design masterpiece :)

Rovelius
Rovelius

He says that like it was up to him to decide... indies send their games to SONY and they decide whether or not it's coming out on their platform. Team MEAT sent them Super Meat Boy a long time ago and they rejected it.

 

Meaning, he probably got the OK already.

ExplicitMike
ExplicitMike

Can we twitter Edmund into talking to Sony about a Vita version? Before you ask. I bought the Game and DLC off steam. I would so fork more money on a vita version.

Adamo23
Adamo23

The Soundtrack... Hrrrrrrngh...

obsequies
obsequies

..and  Ed...please bring it to the psn

obsequies
obsequies

hope it's ok to have heros that are  almost as old as myself

gMcR
gMcR

Well deserved in my opinion

HyabusaRyu
HyabusaRyu

nice,but i really expected more thoght its only 5$ and u get more then your money.

Litchie
Litchie

Super Meat Boy and Binding of Isaac are two of the best indie games in existence, so I'm not surprised..

Succumbus
Succumbus

Am I the only one who ran from this game after first loading it up? It ran choppy and the story is so f*cked up.

Haasdude
Haasdude

I've sunk more time into this game than I would like to admit - would be great to see it expand to consoles.

Maxor127
Maxor127

Does that include Humble Indie Bundle sales?

RiP_ili
RiP_ili

Best $5 game I've ever bought, can't stop playing it. I think I'm about an hour into Max Payne 3, and haven't touched it in over a week.

oldschoolvandal
oldschoolvandal

Binding of Isaac is just fun!! Best 5 dollars game in a long time!!

 

Weird is...the game has a dark humor but to me it is so heavily inspired in the original Zelda from the NES that I just can help myslef but to enjoy it even further!!

Unholy123
Unholy123

The game is honestly one of the best ways to kill 15-30 mins you can find not long term play 6-7 hours you wasted a day game but for the price well worth it the expansion had some bugs but they are working it out i'd recommend it heck it could not be sold much cheaper either I think payed all of five dollars for the lot of it.

 

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I could see it on the console the dual joysticks be a good setup, one for move one for shoot and then a couple buttons mapped for the items and bombs so  yeah thats a def possiblity in the future though no way in h@#$ does nintendo allow it its abit TOO dark at points I mean last night I was playing and by the end my sad issac had gone from the weepy kid at the start to what appeared to be a roided out construction zombie so yeah its abit dark :P

cheater87
cheater87

Nintendo will not allow this game again I bet.

Lotus-Edge
Lotus-Edge

Good for them, but I'm still not interested....

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

Great game deserves the sales. Its also refreshing to see him sell an expansion that good for 3 dollars I mean lets see EA do that, not to mention all the support he gives the game is more then EA does. A developer that actually cares about the people playing the game and listens to them? How can that be?

jonnybutler11
jonnybutler11

This is a great game and anyone with 5 bucks on hand and a steam account should pick it up, I have over 30 hours put in to it and I still haven't bought Wrath of the Lamb but the replay ability is still going strong even after 28 mom kills because of the procedural generation.. I'm happy for Ed, can't wait to see what he comes up with next, and would love to play this on console.

dkdk999
dkdk999

I'm surprised it's sold that much. I thought it was a pretty decent game.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

That's a whole lot of k's.  Where can I pick up a 'k'?  Oh look, there's one on my keyboard... I think I'll keep it.

Evilnator
Evilnator

They deserve it, this game is a great passtime!Releasing it on handhelds or Smart phones could be great, though I doubt touchscreen controls would provide satisfying experience.

Hirasugi
Hirasugi

Sweet!  Novel ideas should be rewarded. 

Majkic666
Majkic666

Great game! happy to be one of the 700k to support them :)

Darkmoone1
Darkmoone1

Great game indeed....just reading this made me think of going back in ot play it...

paperwarior17
paperwarior17

I can't run it well on my current computer. But I'd prefer a handheld version. Too bad the 3DS version fell through. I don't own a Vita.

edpeterson
edpeterson

Wow I didn't know so many people bought this game, that's awesome Binding of Isaac is such a fun game :D

ExplicitMike
ExplicitMike

I'm still waiting on the Vita version...

Kinthalis
Kinthalis

PC FTW!

 

Congrats Team Meat!

leeko_link
leeko_link

 @reivax_darkmage It was suppose to come to 3DS eShop until Nintendo rejected it due to its contents and materials being too closed to those in the Bible. It's a good game but to those ppl who go to church probably wouldn't want to play this.

ProjektInsanity
ProjektInsanity

 @Adamo23 Not sure what you're getting at, but the soundtrack is amazing.  It's reminiscent of classic games, but with a modern twist.

spoonybard-hahs
spoonybard-hahs

I didn't run. I was a little WTF about it not being able to run smoothly on even medium settings. However, I kind of like the low setting; it makes the game seem a touch 8 or 16 bit, much like the game that inspired it.

Naylord
Naylord

 @Succumbus Yea the game runs choppy on even beastly machines because it is written in flash; flash is terribly inefficient. I would think to reach certification for a console port (as well as to actually run on a console) it will need to be ported to something proper like C++. Then hopefully that will be patched into the game and it'll run flawlessly on everyone's computer. 

kohle36
kohle36

 @Haasdude wait, wasn't this supposed to be on wii or something originally? And then nintendo freaked out over the game's 'controversial content' and barred it?

jmace1
jmace1

 @Rayzakk

 Not as much as you think, but I'm betting you probably didn't play the game and you certainly haven't beat it or you would know that already

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

 @kohle36 

DSi or 3DS, at least an eShop title. I think there was an article on GS as well.

Majkic666
Majkic666

 @RiP_ili wow wow wow, i can run it, he can't i got enough computers that can run all the newest and future games