I had two previous save games in effect prior to the last three updates (both Old Hardcore); one level 15 char and a level 10 char. I load up my level 10 char and start to play, and my creatures are resurrecting automatically each and every time like I am in Normal Mode. I fail to see the challenge in this mode, which is why I played in Hardcore to begin with.
Since both my characters now exhibit this mechanic, it looks as though I will need to start a new games and delete these as I like the challenge and danger of losing your critters. I have not yet seen this Reincarnation Mode in effect yet - I will start a new game with this new method and see what happens. However, perhaps yet another game mode such as Permanent Hardcore would be in order for those who like to truly live on the edge. Basically, it would be the old mode simply added onto the stack of other modes I suppose, but this is what I am thinking.
If your creatures keep coming back in any form, there will be an infinite loop there and you cannot lose a battle really. Can you? Right now with the Insta-Respawn method, I don’t see a way to even be inconvenienced, let alone damaged. Perhaps I am missing something with this?
I guess the bottom line for me is to offer as many options as possible as it sounds like there is interest to play this game in many ways.