Fallout 4 has just announced the fully-customizable Wasteland Workshop as a new add-on coming to the beloved Bethesda Softworks franchise on April 12. The developers announce the downloadable content with a kickass trailer that posits a few ideas for what you can do with your new workshop, turning it into a booby-trapped fortress or a gladiator-styled arena for mutants of the wasteland, who you can capture and collect like Pokémon—gotta taxidermy 'em all. But it's your castle, and as we've seen with Halo, Minecraft, and Grand Theft Auto, the soft customizations that people come up with on their own will inevitably become the most interesting part of this feature.
“We like to give the player the ability to make the game their own,” Todd Howard, executive producer and game director of Fallout 4, explained to The Creators Project last year, pertaining to the game's unique crafting system. His comments are equally applicable to the Wasteland Workshop. “We like designing worlds that present them with unique or interesting places to go. With Fallout we present a world where—since it’s been destroyed—the idea that you can rebuild it the way you want really hit home with us. You’re this person from the past who wishes things were back the way they used to be and you can’t go back to that reality.”
The debate of whether or not video games are an art form has long since come to a close (they are), and hyper-customizable games like Fallout are part of a new wave of video games becoming a unique medium for art creation. Watch the trailer for the customizable workspace below.