A plead to the Developer to reconsider forcing Permadeath on a playerbase which can easily work around it.
While I am a huge fan of permadeath, forcing it on the player in a singleplayer game is ludicrous. The programmer has already implemented the save-anytime feature, so there is little reason to not allow players to load past saves. In the end, anyone who wants will scum-save anyway, and it is always best to not be like religious fundies and force your playstyle down other's throats like some developers do who actually spend dev time to prevent scum-saving, wasting precious dev time in a no-win scenario.
It is irrelevant whether you want to insult the player or not by making the non-permadeath mode with the naming of something insulting like "Difficulty: Coward" or "Difficulty: Loser". It is also not relevant how emotionally invested you are in forcing permadeath. It is far better to give the choice to the PLAYER than having thousands of players not enjoy the game as much as they could, simply because you wish to force your playstyle down their throats. Avoid the fanaticism which many permadeath-supporting developers fall into, for whatever reason, and give the power to the player instead. It does not hurt anyone to have a non-permadeath option, but it DOES hurt players to force permadeath or force them to scum-save. In the end, you lose either way. It is purely a matter of if the players lose or not.
You do not need to waste dev time adding a non-permadeath option. Simply adding another button to the options to "Save Game" which performs identically to the "Save & Quit" but without the Quit. Upon death or main menu, "Continue" simply reloads the last save.
This is coming from someone who supports permadeath and includes it in his games. However, I also do not force my beliefs down anyone's throats, as that is what irrational fanatics do. Rationally, making it an option is win-win-win. Keeping it without the option is lose-lose-win.
There is no argument against making permadeath optional in a singleplayer game.
It effects absolutely no one negatively.
Don't be irrational. "Make it Optional" != "Get rid of it entirely, for everyone."