Fallout 4 is the fifth major installment in Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic role-playing game. In Fallout 4, a new feature was introduced – settlement building. When I got to the part of settlement building in my own game, I remember spending days on it. Back then, I was only playing the base game so there weren’t many features yet.
Yesterday, I was on Reddit and I saw someone posted their build in the Fallout 4 subreddit. It’s been a few years since Fallout 4 was released so it was no surprise that OP titled his post “I doubt anyone much cares anymore but I put a f*ckton of work into this. Enjoy!” , when he shared his build with the Fallout 4 subreddit. You must be wondering, how did this guy spend literally 50 hours building this? Fortunately, we sent him a message on Reddit and he was kind enough to share his experience with us.
The Man Behind The Metropolis In Fallout 4 Sanctuary
According to Christopher, Fallout 3 was the first in the series he played since he wasn’t a fan of top-down role-playing games. He was, however, a fan of Bethesda and when they rebooted the Fallout series, he picked up Fallout 3 and has been in love ever since. Here’s the rest of the interview:
What do you think about Bethesda adding a settlement building feature to Fallout 4 since it wasn’t a thing prior?
When I first saw the settlement reveal I was incredibly excited. I used the creation kit in Oblivion to make a really simple and kind of awful hideout, I returned to the creation kit in Skyrim to modify an existing player home called “Reyeks End”, and I modified that to reflect a vampire hunters hideout with moderate success. So when I saw Fallout was bringing the ability to build player homes in game, I was absolutely on board.
Could you share with us the process of designing the whole thing? Did you have some sort of blueprint before you started construction?
It initially started as a simple house build for my character and over time it just grew and grew. I started by using the mod “Scrap Everything” to clear every single last structure in Sanctuary until it was just a landscape. There was no blueprint, I kind of put things wherever they fit. But I very carefully made sure that all the buildings were arranged neatly and along the road. If I could go back and start over I’d zone my buildings differently, I’d make a “poor” residential area of Sanctuary, a shopping district, and a wealthy residential area. You’ll notice the different types of buildings are all kind of mixed in. There were a lot of mods being added in and taken out as I built each building. I wanted to have a function for every building, every NPC shop I wanted to have its own building.
Did you use any mods? If yes what are they? You mentioned in your thread title that this was all done legitimately, what did that mean?
Yes, lots and lots of mods. Too many to list here, but a few of my favorites are “Scrap Everything”, “HomeMaker”, “Alternate Settlements”, “Functional Displays”, “Invisible Furniture”,“Do it yourshelf” and “Build Anywhere”. When I say I built it “legitimately” I mean I gathered all the mats myself, no console commands, but I had a few mods to aid me including the backpack mod which allowed me to carry massive amounts of scrap material while scavenging. Scrap everything helped a ton, as I was able to clear the entirety of Sanctuary including the buildings and that afforded me extra scrap, and “Salvage Beacons” which allowed me to send my settlers to salvage buildings and bring the mats back to Sanctuary.
How long did you take to accomplish all this?
I’ve had this save for a year and a few months now. I’d always get bored of Fallout and come back a few months later and continue building and playing if I had to put a number on it, I’d say 50 to 80 hours of scavenging and building, but my save is well over 100 hours, as I quested in between building.
Did you experience any rage-quitting moment while building this?
A few time yeah, haha. The building system in Fallout 4 is wonky at its best. Mods help but there were building I had to rebuild 3 or 4 times because my saves got corrupted or my game crashed and I forgot to save. Those were the times I decided to take a “break” from Fallout.
Which part of the Sanctuary is your favorite?
I love how large it is, And my idea wouldn’t have been possible without the roads! The roads are key, it really makes the “metropolis” vibe legitimate with that large road winding through the neighborhood.
How would you feel if, God forbids, something happens to your save file and all your hard work was gone? Would you start over again from scratch?
Well, the reason I decided to document it was because I was thinking of starting a new save. But after this crazy awesome reception, I might keep this save around and start building up other settlements in the same vein as my sanctuary one. A perfect commonwealth if you will! Though I doubt you’ll see anything more from me for a long while, but keep an eye out!
Making your own?
Go follow the creator on his YouTube channel for more amazing builds in the near future. Here are some helpful links provided by the creator himself to help you out if you’re inspired to build your own:
- Walkthrough video
- A screenshot gallery of The Metropolis of Sanctuary
- List of Mods
- Load Order
- Savegame File on The Nexus