During BlizzCon 2023, we learned about quite a few changes in Warcraft Classic. Aside from Classic realms moving from Wrath to Cataclysm, we have the Season of Discovery arriving soon, and Hardcore mode will have a new Solo Self Found mode, where you level 1-60 alone and can not craft items or trade until level 60.
Hardcore mode owes a lot to early video game design with games like Rogue or even arcade games like Space Invaders, where the goal was to get as far through the game as you possibly could without dying.
Recent datamining that indicates Dragonflight patch 10.1 might well have some form of hardcore mode on select servers.
"I can easily do X without more than a few hours a week time investment." Any time someone uses a personal example and applies it to an entire game mechanism, they are taking personal experience and applying it universally.
Over the years, I've found my gaming schedule gradually shifting away from weekdays.
The end is almost nigh for Diablo 3's third season.
So you've been persuaded to try Diablo 3 (maybe you read about the basics). You've loaded into the game, and now you're faced with the question of what game mode to play. There are many modes of play in Diablo 3 and some of the modes refer to what content you're playing rather than what difficulty.
My first hardcore seasonal from Season 1 had died to Malthael at level 64 on Master difficulty.