I love the idea of a tailored game experience. I mean, why not allow it? I had a long post all typed out giving all the reasons why I thought it was a good idea, but I decided against posting it. Either there is no support for it in the community or Obsidian isn't interested in allowing it. It seems a no brainer, but there could be very real technical reasons why they can't/won't do it. I personally want companion permadeath, but I hate the eating and drinking mechanic. I already play a lot of survival games with eating and drinking mechanics (The Forest, NMS, Osiris, etc.) and love all of them, but this game has something those others don't: a crafted story and what feels like a living breathing game world. Pure survival essentially forces a very different style of gameplay (steal everything, build perfectly, etc.) which forces players to ignore the subtle hand crafted parts just to avoid frustration and it ends up feeling like every other survival game out there. Wasted potential.
I almost never post on game forums, but Obsidian seems interested in giving us something that other game companies won't. Why not expand on that? I support this game and Obsidian in general for that reason alone. The possibility. I'd like to see Obsidian beat everyone else to the punch and let all others be the copy-cats. Anyway, love the game even if this suggestion goes no where. Looking forward to DLC.