Kingdom Come: Deliverance Hardcore Mode is available now, along with a trailer for the first DLC

You can now make the already painfully hardcore Kingdom Come: Deliverance even more hardcore, thanks to the new Hardcore Mode which has been added as part of the latest update for War Horse Studios’ realistic sword-em-up. No health bars or stamina indicators, no North, South, East or West markers on the compass, and other fun little tweaks to make your Bohemian adventures even more taxing.

Before we get into the list of what makes the Hardcore Mode such a hardcore mode, here’s a trailer for the first DLC, From the Ashes, which will be out next month. Build, judge, and prosper, that’s what the trailer tells us. Looks like we’ll be doing a bit of town construction and management. If you’ve enjoyed Kingdom Come: Deliverance, this is bound to have you banging on your shield with excitement.

Right, so, about that hardcore mode. It sounds like a bit of a nightmare, really. Here’s the list of “improvements” in full:

  • North, South, East, and West will no longer be visible on the compass, so be sure to check the time of day and where the sun is located (rises in the East, sets in the West).
  • Waypoints are shown only when you get close to them.
  • Fast travel isn’t possible in Hardcore Mode.
  • There is no autosaving. The game can only be saved by drinking Saviour Schnapps, sleeping in your own bed, paying for a bathhouse full service, or exiting the game (deletes once the game is started up again).
  • You can’t rely on eating from the cooking pots. The best way to regenerate health is to sleep. Food and healing potions take quite a while to kick in.
    You’re only alerted to your current health and stamina levels by means of in-game visual effects.
  • Combat is more realistic in Hardcore Mode. Strikes have a more realistic impact, and engaging in combat with an experienced warrior without wearing quality armor is very deadly.
  • Traders pay less for goods and rewards are lower overall. Repairing items are even costlier.

Beyond that, players will have to select two negative perks which stay with poor old Henry throughout the game. Negative perks. Bit of an oxymoron, that. Like deafening silence, or military intelligence. You can choose from a Claustrophobic perk, Hemophilia, Tapeworm, Brittle Bones, and more.

For a look at the various fixes and tweaks also included with the latest update, check out the official patch notes for version 1.6 via the game’s Steam page.