Baldur’s Gate 3 Achievement Hints at New Difficulty Mode That Could Be Absolutely Horrifying

Baldur’s Gate 3 players who are looking for a more punishing difficulty level might be in for a treat, as a new unobtainable achievement hints at something even harder than Tactician.

As spotted by Redditor Scornz on the Baldur’s Gate 3 subreddit, some fans noticed a currently unobtainable achievement on the GOG PC storefront. The achievement, titled “Foehammer,” requires a Baldur’s Gate 3 player to complete the game in Honour Mode.

A new achievement called “Forehammer” has appeared on Baldur’s Gate 3’s Achievements/Trophies, despite Honour Mode not currently available. | Image Credit: Scornz/Reddit

Baldur’s Gate 3 has three difficulty levels: Explorer, Balance, and Tactician, with Tactician as its hardest mode. While Larian has yet to announce a new difficulty mode (IGN has reached out for comment), it should be noted that it previously included an Honour Mode into Divinity: Original Sin 2.

If it’s anything like the one in that game, then Baldur’s Gate 3’s Honour Mode would be a beefed-up version of Tactician with a few twists: the player can access only one save file. And there’s a permadeath feature where your save file is deleted if your party dies.

Basically, not even Withers can save you here.

Honour Mode is one of the more requested features from Baldur’s Gate 3 players, as some were surprised and puzzled when it lacked one following its exit from Early Access in August. Yet PC players looking for a harder challenge have been able to fill that void unofficially with the Tactician Plus mod.

Lack of Honour Mode aside, Baldur’s Gate 3 has been a giant success for Larian Studios, with CEO Swen Vincke saying in August that the game has far surpassed the studios’ expectations.

In our review of Baldur’s Gate 3, which we scored a 10 out of 10, we said: “[w]ith crunchy, tactical RPG combat, a memorable story with complex characters, highly polished cinematic presentation, and a world that always rewards exploration and creativity, Baldur’s Gate 3 is the new high-water mark for CRPGs.”

Taylor is a Reporter at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.

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