Binding of Isaac prequel The Legend of Bum-bo gets November release date

PC first, iOS and Switch to follow.

Developer Edmund McMillen's long-awaited Binding of Isaac prequel, The Legend of Bum-bo, finally has a release date; it'll be heading to Steam on 12th November.

The Legend of Bum-bo, which was initially revealed all the way back in 2016, pits the titular lead character - previously a passive item in The Binding of Isaac - against monsters, bosses, and traps in procedurally generated dungeons.

So far, so Isaac. However, Bum-bo's major point of difference is that combat is turn-based, taking the form of a match-4-style puzzle system. In battle, Bum-bo can pull glyphs from his bag of trash and line them up to defend, attack, and gain various mana types for spell-casting.

And as you can see with your own eye parts, courtesy of the trailer below, it's all presented using a delightfully grubby papercraft aesthetic.

The Legend of Bum-bo will be available for both PC and Mac when it comes to Steam on 12th November. The previously announced iOS and Switch versions are due "later".

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