The crafting system in Fallout 4 is overwhelming, to say the least. Veteran RPG players will absolutely adore it, but it’s not necessarily something that will tickle everyone’s creative bone.
Those who’d prefer a simpler experience in Fallout 4 will be able to get it, according to Bethesda’s Pete Hines. It’s a layer of the game that you can completely skip if you feel scraping up urban parts to make cool stuff isn’t your thing.
He told Games Radar that despite having several in-game benefits, crafting is an optional feature that players really don’t need to partake in order to complete main quests and side missions.
“It’s a completely optional, freeform thing that you can do, if that’s what you want to do. If you don’t care about that and you just want to play quests and play side quests, and finish the main quest and that sort of thing then you can just ignore all of this [crafting]. Or do as much or as little as you want.”
Of course, you will probably miss out on certain cool features, such as additional merchants settling into a town you build from your own hands, which is why once you do get into crafting, you’ll probably really enjoy it.
“You can [play] it and never even notice that feature is there if you want to, but once you figure it out, it’s like, ‘okay, this is pretty cool. Now I want to do more’”.
Fallout 4 will be released in November for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.