Fallout Shelter was initially announced and released at Bethesda’s E3 conference, as a way for Fallout fans to spend their time until Fallout 4’s very anticipated release come November 11th. Despite the game being free, it already managed to generate $5.1 million in revenue from microtransactions in just a couple of weeks.
The only quirk fans had with the game – which haves you manage a community of post-apocalyptic survivors in an anti-nuclear vault – was the fact that it was available only for iOS devices at the time. When it released the app, Bethesda also announced an Android version but did not provide any release date.
The situation as changed as during the annual Quakecon event the company pointed towards August 13 – less than three weeks from now – as the game’s release date for Android. The game will also receive a significant update on both platforms the same day.
The update will include new features and a couple of new characters which will tie into Fallout 4. Bethesda specifically named Mr. Handy, a robot butler which has a multitude of uses, including gathering resources, defending your vault or even wandering into the wasteland to find useful supplies. The robot has already been announced as a possible companion character in Fallout 4.
New enemies will also become available with the update, most of which are series staples. Molerats will reportedly be able to infest the player’s vault from within, creating a perpetual source of danger, while the frightening Deathclaws (which still give most Fallout veterans nightmares) will try to charge down into the player’s vault.
The game will of course remain free-to-play, and will be available for download on the Google Play store. Players will be able to purchase in-game lunch boxes with real money, which offer boosts and new challenges in exchange.
The next installment in the Fallout series, Fallout 4, was announced in June at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo event in Los Angeles, after years of fan speculation and reported leaks about its development process. Bethesda has stated that work on the game began after the 2008 release of Fallout 3, and that this is their most ambitious project to date. Analysts expect the game to sell even better than The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which has sold over 20 million units worldwide to date.
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