Outward, the uncompromising survival RPG that casts you as just another normal person rather than a magical hero, has sold more than 400,000 copies. That’s well beyond what its developers anticipated, and they’re celebrating their success with a major update and content patch that’s coming soon.

“When we started working on Outward, there was no way for our small team to know how large a public there would be for such a specific, hardcore niche,” the developers say in a new video dev diary posted this past week. “We knew it would be a polarizing title, but we wanted to stick to our vision – and it paid off.”

Nine Dots says the successful launch means they’ve been able to create a substantial new content patch for the game, which will add in some features that have been at the top of the community’s wishlist.

A hardcore mode is on the way, which will add a one in five chance of permadeath when your character is defeated. Rather than simply waking up in a bandit camp or nearby town, your save will be wiped – and this is perhaps the feature the player base has been most vocal about wanting.

Original source: https://www.pcgamesn.com/outward/content-patch-october