Options are the key. I love Survival Mode style gameplay but even I kinda want the option for a Temporary Save on Exit feature, as this is an Indie Open World game… bugs happen. Sometimes, I just need to reload my Game because for some inexplicable reason, I can’t sprint anymore. Or sometimes, I need to stop playing the game and I’m not at a convenient spot to do that.
A casual option to disable that hardcore element is not something that’ll hurt.