With the hype built by Fallout 4 trailer and sneak peeks days into E3, the whole gaming community sat at the edge of their seats waiting for Bethesda’s biggest Fallout 4 reveal. A lot of theories were thrown into the air but ultimately, Bethesda succeeded in surprising everyone in their E3 press event. Not only did they prove how incredible and huge Fallout 4 is going to be, but they also released a never-heard of mobile app as a supplement to the Fallout 4 console game, the Fallout Shelter.
After Bethesda’s showcase of their console and PC titles — Doom and Fallout 4, among others — at their E3 press event yesterday, the company ended with a huge explosion as they announced their newest mobile app, Fallout Shelter.
Fallout Shelter is a Fallout spin-off game available for download to smartphone users. Time reports that Bethesda Studios game director Todd Howard confirmed that the game is free and will stay that way, without internet connection requirements or paywall timers.
However, while Fallout Shelter is already live for iOS users via iTunes, Android users are still waiting for the Fallout mobile game to reach them. Howard, however, assures Android users that Fallout Shelter will definitely come to Android phones, albeit a little late.
May need to give iTunes a little time for it to update. It’ll be up there. We will have info later about Android version.
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) June 15, 2015
Fallout Shelter is a very brilliant move by Bethesda, capturing a huge chunk of the market that are mainly into mobile gaming. With the success of Clash of Clans and Candy Crush, who wouldn’t want to tap the mobile market?
Probably inspired by previous games such as SimCity and XCOM, Fallout Shelter is a simulation game where the player could control and customize the vault, keep its dwellers happy, and protect them from outside threats. Fallout Shelter is actually a very intricate but simple game, where each dweller has her own stats and could level up. There are outfits and items to be collected and given to dwellers, and even babies to be made. It is also very much inspired by the Fallout franchise, as there are options to send dwellers to familiar territories like the wasteland and protect the horde from creature attacks.
Bethesda’s move to develop mobile app Fallout Shelter is a very smart move, in addition to their other mobile game, The Elder Scrolls Legends. Set in the world of Skyrim and also free-to-play, The Elder Scrolls Legends will only be available on iOS and PC.
Fallout Shelter is now out and available on the iOS app store while Fallout 4 will be coming out to consoles on November 10.
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