At E3 last year, Bethesda Softworks surprised us with the announcement of a mobile game set in the Fallout universe, Fallout Shelter. What surprised us even more was the fact that it was being released on the very same day Fallout 4 launched. The game was an instant hit, becoming the most downloaded game on the app store, and when it released a few months later on Android platforms, it showed no signs of slowing down.
Fast forward a year and now Fallout Shelter is finally getting a release for the PC in the next week, with a major 1.6 game update coming for mobile versions as well. Bethesda has not made it clear what the differences between both versions will be, but the 1.6 update is said to include new characters, enemies and locations for the game and its only logical to assume that the PC port will be getting the same treatment.
At it’s core, Fallout Shelter is a base management game in which you take on the role of an Overseer. Your job is to keep the inhabitants of your vault alive all the while assigning tasks for your dwellers to keep up productivity and morale. You have to ensure that the dwellers are provided with a sufficient supply of food, water, power and other necessities, in addition to exploring the wasteland and repelling attacks from raiders and Deathclaws alike.
While the game has received praise for it’s addictive gameplay and iconic visuals, it has been criticized for the presence of unnecessary micro-transactions and the lack of a meaningful ending. Although no official date has been announced for the upcoming update, the official post on July 9 did mention that there were 5 more days to go.