Bethesda releases a free official ringtone of the familiar piano jingle that accompanies the Mysterious Stranger’s helpful combat appearances in Fallout 4.

It’s safe to say that a good proportion of the world’s gaming population is currently quite obsessed with Fallout 4. After years waiting for an announcement and months of anticipation following the game’s reveal at this year’s E3, it seems that the finished product is just as engrossing as fans had hoped it would be.

Now, some of the most dedicated vault dwellers are on the hunt for more ways to inject Fallout into their daily lives. Yesterday it was announced that themed outfits are set to be released for Rock Band 4, and now Microsoft’s Major Nelson is offering up another fun treat for fans.

Smartphone users can now download a Fallout ringtone to use on their device. The sound clip is being offered as an MP3 for Android phones and as an M4R for iPhones, and uses the familiar piano melody associated with fan favourite character the Mysterious Stranger.

The Mysterious Stranger is associated with the perk of the same name, and has been present in the series since the first game launched in 1997. The character will randomly show up when the player uses the V.A.T.S. targeting system, typically killing the targeted enemy thanks to his above average damage output.

As such, the jingle has become associated with particularly lucky moments of gameplay, such as the Stranger dealing heavy damage to a Deathclaw at the perfect moment. It’s unlikely that any text message the ringtone might alert you to will offer quite the same level of post-apocalyptic action.


It’s interesting to see that the idea behind releasing these ringtones seemingly comes from Major Nelson himself, who notes in a blog post that he requested the sound files from Bethesda. Clearly, the studio has a very close relationship with Microsoft — not to mention an eagerness to please their fans.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Fallout themed cars are going to be added to the roster of vehicles available in Forza Motorsport 6, a first-party title published by Microsoft. Between that and Fallout 3 being a top priority for backwards compatibility, it remains to be seen whether any other collaborations are in the works.

Meanwhile, fans can enjoy giving their smartphone alerts that Fallout feel — a handy way of cushioning the blow when you’re getting texts trying to drag you away from post-nuclear Boston.

Fallout 4 is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.