Kingdom Come: Deliverance’s Hardcore Mode Transforms It Into a Survival RPG

As promised in Kingdom Come: Deliverance’s post-launch roadmap revealed back in May, developer Warhorse released the game’s Hardcore mode today. The mode introduces a slew of gameplay alterations and new perks to make the game that much more challenging.

Hardcore mode removes health and stamina bars from the player’s HUD, along with autosaving functionality. When you’ve taken damage the screen will be spattered with blood, and if you run low on stamina the screen will turn a shade of blue. The map will not show the player’s location, forcing you to study it and familiarize yourself more intimately with your surroundings, and the compass will no longer display cardinal directions, subjecting players to refer to the position of the sun to figure out which direction you’re headed. While in combat, directional indicators will no longer inform you of where enemies are striking you from, and blocking won’t have an indicator either.

The new mode also introduces nine new “perks.”

  • Nightmares: When waking up, you get a debuff for waking from your nightmares.
  • Claustrophobic: Lowering your helmet visor lowers your attack.
  • Haemophilia: You bleed more when taking hits in combat.
  • Numbskull: Lowers the amount of experience you gain. It’s much more difficult to outlevel opponents.
  • Shakes: Makes aiming a bow and picking pockets and locks harder.
  • Consumption: Stamina regenerates slower.
  • Tapeworm: Hunger grows faster. With not being able to eat from the open pots in the world, this becomes a true challenge.
  • Somnambulant: You have a slight chance of waking up somewhere different than where you fell asleep. This can be a completely unknown place. You’ll have the very rare chance of sleepwalking to some secret areas.
  • Brittle Bones: Falls are more dangerous.

Players must choose at least two when starting a new Hardcore Mode game, but there’s an achievement for completing it with all nine.

On top of all this, Warhorse has also released a new trailer for the upcoming From The Ashes DLC.

Kingdom Come Deliverance’s Hardcore Mode is out today on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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