Game difficulty is selected at game start. Some Steam achievements are available only on Hard and Very Hard difficulty settings. Difficulty chages were discussed during the beta, here*.


Although the setting can be changed at any time (Settings Menu), switching to an easier difficulty may prevent <player> from obtaining difficulty-related achievements in the current save.

Effects of difficulty settings

DifficultySkunk damage dealt1Skunk damage received1Mission
Enemy composition
Hard75%150%-15%Increased wing/escort size2
Very Hard<75%>150%-30%

Increased wing/escort size2

Additional pirate capital ships

1. Changes to damage dealt and received by the Skunk are not reflected in the Encyclopedia stats (Easy and Hard stats noted here).

2. Affects pirate, Xenon and friendly factions (see here and here*).


* (Please note: You must be logged in into the Egosoft forum to be able to access this forum thread.)