The farmstead itself is composed of a decently sized cluttered house, which you will need a key to get into, as well as an open barn building that has both a workbench and a fire barrel.
Description of locationEdit
A single-story farmhouse is the only building with an interior in this location. It consists of a living room,, kitchen bathroom, office, bedroom and small storage room. The house also has a stove (one of in the few 6-slot stoves in the game) in the kitchen and a fireplace in the bedroom. The house offers a good amount of storage space, as well as a lot of open areas to cure hides. The front porch may be used to store meat to prevent it from spoiling, however the player must remember that the porch itself isn't safe from wildlife.
The barn is a wooden shell of a building without an actual interior. It offers poor protection from the elements (i.e., some wind protection, depending on wind direction), and it isn't entirely safe from the wildlife. The barn also has a workbench and a firebarrel located conveniently close, making prolonged crafting sessions easier. There are some planks and cardboard to break down for resources, and dead body may occasionally spawn inside the barn. A tractor is situated near the barn.
There are the remnants of a couple sheds on the opposite sides of the farm. They contain little and offer almost no protection weather or from wolves that may patrol around the farm, however, a truck can be found sitting underneath one of the dilapidated structures.
As of the REDUX update, the farmhouse in Wintermute is no longer accessible prior to receiving the objective "Something precious was stolen from GREY MOTHER. Find it, and return it to her." If the player visits this location beforehand, the door is locked, with no key spawning in the vicinity. After the start of the objetive, however, bloodstains can be seen leading across the yard up to the door, which is now marked with a bloody red handprint. The door is now unlocked, and the home can be accessed without the use of a key.
Upon entering the homestead for the first time, a cutscene begins wherein Mackenzie meets a severely wounded Hobbs, an escapee of Blackrock Federal Penetentiary, and recognizes the scarf the other man is using to bandage his arm as Astrid's. Hobbs reveals that he, along with fellow prisoners whom escaped the transport van, took several residents of Milton hostage and locked them within the Old Schoolhouse. Tragically, the electrical phenomena accompanying the aurora started a fire in the building and it burned down with everyone still trapped inside. Hobbs initially makes it sound like he burned it on purpose, but further dialogue opens the possibility that the fire was accidental and the criminals were just unable or unwilling to free their captives in time, although Astrid apparently tried to help but was too late.
Afterwards, an encounter with Astrid left one of the criminals dead and Hobbs with a knife in his side before she escaped through the Collapsed Tunnel. With his other companions dead as well, Hobbs sought out shelter within the farmhouse and slumps onto the couch, too weak from pain and bloodloss to react with any violence or ill intent upon the player's arrival.
This interaction culminates with a choice. Pull the knife out of Hobbs's gut in order to try and save him; or push the weapon in deeper and end his life. The Bank Deposit Box Key #15 is found in a container next to where Hobbs is sitting, and can be obtained after his dialogue finishes.
A few wolves can roam the fields from time to time, though generally only two or three wolves come close to the house itself. It means that one should always take caution entering the yard in front of the farmhouse, since it is rarely safe.
A few rabbits can be found hopping around the side and the back of the farmhouse. Usually no more than 2 or 3.
In the field to the north of the farm itself, near the silo, there is usually herd of a deer roaming around. Their presence in an open field with scattered snowdrifts (behind which a player can crouch) make for an excellent hunting location.
Be aware that neither the porch of the house nor the open barn are safe from wildlife.
Key to the farmEdit
In Survival mode, the key to the farmhouse may be found at various locations around the property, including (but not limited to) the dashboard of the pickup truck, tractor's floor or a frozen corpse, either behind the farmhouse or inside the barn.
On all experience levels, the farmhouse offers decent loot (by the standards of the difficulty level). There is plenty of furniture inside to break down for reclaimed wood, and mutliple containers can hold mid- to high level items. Most notably, a rifle and possibly some rifle ammunition may be found inside. Birch saplings may be found behind the farmhouse. This farm is the last interior location in Mountain Town region before reaching Forlorn Muskeg and its forge (through Milton Basin). These facts can make the farm possible location to go forging arrowheads from.