What happens when you let everyone live in Death and Taxes?

A look at what happens when you act as a merciful Grim Reaper in Death and Taxes.

In Death and Taxes, one question that gets asked a lot is what happens when you let everyone live? In general, the game makes it clear that some people will have to die each day, but what if you continually disobey this? To satiate your curiosity, we’ve put together a guide explaining what happens when you let everyone live in Death and Taxes.

What happens when you let everyone live in Death and Taxes?

What happens when you let everyone live in Death and Taxes
The end result of letting every single person live in Death and Taxes is not exactly surprising, but it is hilarious.
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A common question when it comes to Death and Taxes is what happens when you let everyone live. Each day, you’re given new profiles to either mark “Live” or sentence to “Death” depending on the latest instructions from Fate and your own personal preferences.

The game encourages you to mark some profiles for Death as you’ll encounter a few unsavory characters, and will have to maintain balance in the world. Sometimes, sentencing a person to Death can help balance the game’s world. That said, you’re free to do whatever you want in Death and Taxes.

There are consequences, sure, but the game won’t stop you if you decide to mark every single profile with “Live” as an act of mercy. So, what happens when you do this? Well, you’ll receive several warnings from Fate that this is not adhering to the rules of the job. Rather than receive darksouls (the game’s currency) as payment for your services, you’ll receive nothing but a scolding from Fate.

The more days you disobey Fate and mark “Live” on every profile, the more frustrated Fate will become. Eventually, Fate will reach his breaking point and will terminate your contract. Not only are you fired from your role as Grim Reaper, but because of your termination, the game ends early and you die.

You don’t even get one of the game’s good or bad endings, you just die and have to start all over again. For your troubles, you’ll unlock the “Insubordinate” achievement by getting fired, but that’s about it. To show you how quickly you’ll get fired when you let everyone live in Death and Taxes, we recorded a video of our attempt at this and have embedded it for you down below.

Now that you know what happens when you let everyone live in Death and Taxes, be sure to check out our previous feature on the game where we go over how to complete all achievements in Death and Taxes.

Morgan is a writer, indie game lover, and socially awkward coffee addict. Need something? Morgan can be reached at morgan.shaver@allgamers.com or if you like, you can say hello using GIFs on Twitter.

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