The latest Fallout Shelter update brings pets to the Vault with the addition of Dogmeat and cats, and makes some improvements and optimizations for Dweller management.
On top of maintaining its latest AAA release with Fallout 4 by way of the first round of patches, Bethesda is keen on making sure mobile gamers are up to speed as well by updating the content of Fallout Shelter. As of today, virtual Overseers can boost the happiness and productivity of their respective Vaults with the studio's addition of pups, cute kitties, and the immortal Dogmeat as a companion to help Dwellers stave off harsh bouts of loneliness and isolation.
Not only does the most recent update for Fallout Shelter provide players with cuddly creatures, but it also adds new gameplay options, such as more Overseer commands and fresh abilities for Vault Dwellers to interact with one another. The full list of updates for the game can be found below:
- Vault-Tec research has shown that 4-legged companions can have a profound impact on Vault happiness and productivity. Introducing Pets!
- Vault-Tec has received reports of some Dwellers not pulling their weight. Overseers are now authorized to permanently evict these lazy layabouts! Welcome to the Wasteland, slackers…
- Bored with the same pickup lines and conversations? Dwellers have finally learned some new ways to impress other dwellers and the opposite sex.
- Excessive tapping causing frustration when trying to clear out excess inventory? Overseers will love the new sell all options.
- Dweller management improvements and new objectives should help experienced Overseers keep things running smoothly.
- Even more Vault-Tec certified improvements and optimizations. Because you can never have enough improvements or optimizations.
As many Fallout Shelter fans are aware, this isn't the first update that Bethesda has brought to the game. At the tail-end of November, the studio decided that players' Vault Dwellers deserved a nice celebration for the recent holidays, with one being a Thanksgiving update. Prior to that, Fallout Shelter characters had the chance to play dress up with costumes and adorn the Vault with spooky furnishings using Halloween decorations. Bearing all of that in mind, the studio will likely add a Christmas update for the release come the middle of December.
While the updates for Fallout Shelter are free, Bethesda makes its money from users through the sale of in-game Lunchboxes, which provides players with four random cards that could include resources, outfits, weapons, or Legendary Vault Dwellers such as Preston Garvey. Having said that, the studio has obviously made buku bucks — or in the case of it being Fallout, boatloads of bottle caps — off of the tap-screen title, as it earned $5.1 million in its first two weeks on Apple devices alone.
By continually bringing a steady stream of content to Fallout Shelter, Bethesda has turned what was initially a free-to-play marketing tool for Fallout 4 into a lucrative venture all its own. In fact, during the mobile game's debut month, the studio reported that more than 29 million hours had been played cumulatively.
As many fans will attest, Fallout Shelter is incredibly addictive, and Bethesda's dedication to perfecting its gameplay options with inventive updates like the ones seen above doesn't make it any easier to put down. Those gamers who enjoy community building simulators and are still on the fence about downloading the title due to saving precious storage space will do well to play it.
Fallout Shelter is available to play on mobile devices that support Android and iOS.