The debate seems to be over. Risingred has posted some screenshots as well as code that shows Hardcore will require a soft core play though in order to be unlocked.
We’ve seen multiple threads crop up over the past few months with opinions both for and against this. However it seems many valid arguments have fallen on deaf ears. Hopefully now that this is out to the public we will here an explanation as to what tilted the scales in this direction. While I may fall on the side still opposed; it is nice to see some answers, and start plotting my late night Diablo binge through Normal.
What do you think now that this appears to be settled? Let us know in the comments below and on our forums.