Now That's Hardcore

Finally, an RPG with the balls to DELETE YOUR SAVE FILES.

This is one of the first screens you see when you load up Pillars of Eternity, an isometric role-playing game by Obsidian that will be out later this year for PC. While this isn't the first time we've seen this sort of "hardcore" mode—Diablo II introduced a similar feature way back in 2000—-it's fun to see it in a deep, sprawling RPG like Pillars. Imagine losing your save file after 100 hours of exploration and conversation.

The backer beta for Pillars of Eternity launched last night, and a representative for the game's publisher, Paradox, was kind enough to send me a code. I haven't played much yet, but from what I've seen so far, Pillars is basically Baldur's Gate 3.

I mean, look:

Now That's Hardcore

Now That's Hardcore

Also, this is a beta, so naturally it's full of fun little bugs:

Now That's Hardcore

More on Pillars to come later this year.