I would say yes and no. To someone who knows nothing about it the game doesn't provide much tutorial. That was one of the nice features about the legacy consoles is that they had tutorial worlds that helped you with the basics. When I first started I dug dirt with my hand and hid underground at night until I knew better.
Then once you know the basics (food, how to craft, what each tool and armor does) then I'd say the game is a lot easier and straightforward, especially with the recipe book. New players would probably build a little house and explore and then the learning curve is a lot less steep. Sure there's a ton of little features and items, but knowing the basics makes it a lot easier to learn on the go.