I'm 120+ hours into Fallout 4 and need to know if I can go back to a very early save and 'un-murder' the settlers at Abernathy farm and then return to where I'm now without losing my progress, and for the family to be alive again. I'm new to the Fallout franchise and didn't realize then that it was a mistake. I'm terrified of losing all the time and effort I've put in. Or would it be better to leave them dead, as I don't know whether it affects any thereafter quests? I am playing on Xbox One.

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    The most important thing you lost is a concrete merchant. fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Connie_Abernathy Jun 28, 2016 at 17:50
  • @BiffMaGriff Oh my, I forgot to mention that because settlement-specific vendors slipped out of my mind... I added her to my answer. Jun 28, 2016 at 18:43
  • I spent at least ten minutes trying to decide whether to roll back the edit that removed the Xbox One tag. After reading a bunch of meta questions over the years, it seems we simply can't agree on this. To me, the best answer was this one, which says that they aren't mandatory, but it's a waste of time removing them. I think it's better with the tag. I'll just let it go.
    – DCShannon
    Jun 28, 2016 at 21:34
  • "I am playing on Xbox One." : NO. (+1 on putting the tag back)
    – Mazura
    Jun 29, 2016 at 9:40

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If you're worrying about a story arc lost due to your killings, don't worry. Abernathy Farm is not involved in any important story line whatsoever. You do, however, lose a couple of quests involving the settlers (one is a radiant one), and one "quest" where you turn in melons, but it is not that important.

However, if you want to revert your manslaughter to recover people in the farm (and potentially companion reputations), that is a completely different issue. In console versions of Fallout 4, there is no way of undoing your progress aside from reloading your previous save. Had it been a PC version, you could have used cheat codes to resurrect them and/or recover your reputation, but console versions don't have access to that UI. I'm sorry.

On a side note, if you badly needed cloth, concrete, fertilizer, leather, or wood, bear in mind that you lost Connie Abernathy, who sells these junks in a mass. It's not a big deal later on, since she is not the only vendor who sells such things.

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    Just as a note to the asker (since they said they're new to the series), the "Radiant" quest Arle refers to is one where the location is semi-randomized. This means that if Abernathy farm isn't available, the quest will just point to a different location -- It won't actually be "lost".
    – pushasha
    Jun 28, 2016 at 13:21
  • For reference, the only real quest you lose is a Minutemen side quest called Returning the Favor.
    – DCShannon
    Jun 28, 2016 at 14:25
  • Also, beware of using console cheats, they can disable achievements. Jun 28, 2016 at 15:08
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    @DonBoitnott no they dont
    – l I
    Jun 29, 2016 at 3:08
  • @lI Doesn't matter anyway. OP explicitly asked about a console version, which doesn't have access to the debug console. Jun 29, 2016 at 3:34

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