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Hopefully not, because my friends I intend to play with are all about hardcore, they are the ones who turned me into a hardcore maniac and it's pretty much impossible to enjoy softcore after you've experienced the adrenaline rush of almost dying in hardcore mode.
Tbh, I didn't even know you couldn't play hardcore until you had beaten the game on normal atleast once, because it didn't even occur to me to try hardcore until my friends pretty much forced me to. Now hardcore is the only way for me, but tbh I'd rather experience the game softcore first rather than dying to the D3 equivalent of D2 Iron Maiden mobs because I didn't know better.