At the start of the game you will spawn into the world with nothing and will have to gather resources and make tools in order to progress to the next stage in the game.
Once the player or group of players has gathered enough resources they will be able to build a wooden base to house their resources and protect them from enemies or other players.
After the player has built their wooden base they can then start to progress to the next stage, a stone base. The stone base will be much stronger than the wooden base and will require a lot more time and better tools to raid.
Once the player has gathered a huge amount of materials they can start to expand their base and create their own colony. This will allow players to recruit NPCs that will gather resources for you and make certain tasks a lot easier for the player.
The player will always need to be on the lookout on both single player and multiplayer as their base is always at risk of being raided no matter the size. This will cause a huge loss in progression and maybe the loss of your base.
The player will have to grind and gather a lot of resources to repair the damages and maybe even in severe circumstances to build a whole new base.