The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth was highly anticipated by fans of the original game. The DLC promised literally hundreds of hours of additional content for players to dive into and enjoy. However, once players got their hands on the expansion, they found some of the promises not fulfilled. The developer assured fans that there was more there than they realized, with a bit of a hunt going on to figure out what could unlock everything.
Unfortunately the mystery turned out to be not quite as exciting as fans had hoped, with the content simply be time-locked away, so that it would become available some time after launch. That time has come, with an update hitting that has unlocked everything fans had expected to be in The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth.
The community is pretty upset over the whole thing though, even with all of the content now available. The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth had contained a community puzzle, which would unlock a special character once it was solved. However, before the fans could do this, someone simply got into the code and solved it via hacking. Apparently the developer was quite upset by this, and so he used a time-gate this time around. The fact that the time-gate has unlocked 109 hours after release, which is the same amount of time it took the dataminers to figure out Rebirth’s puzzle, seems to hint that this is personal.
The problem is that fans either expected all of the content at launch, or an interesting puzzle for the community to solve together. The absence of both has left them quite upset, though now that they have everything that was promised, it’s more constructive criticism about the whole thing.
The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth is available now on PC.
UPDATE: There are hints of other bits of content, including a new character, within the game. When or how these will unlock is not yet known.
UPDATE 2: The Binding of Isaac creator Edward McMillen has denied the allegations that the content was time-gated, claiming that the content was inaccessible due to a bug.