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:


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


More on Pillars to come later this year.