Bethesda releases a Thanksgiving-themed update for the popular Fallout Shelter, adding turkeys to the game as well as pilgrim outfits for vault dwellers to wear.
Fallout Shelter has proven to be a major success ever since it was originally released, dethroning Candy Crush Saga as the #1 free app on the App Store, and earning millions of dollars for Bethesda. With the popular game financially supported via in-app microtransactions, Bethesda is able to release free updates on a regular basis, with the latest free update adding Thanksgiving-themed content to the post-apocalyptic wasteland.
The Thanksgiving update for Fallout Shelter is rolling out now, and includes various items associated with the Thanksgiving holiday, such as decorations that can adorn vault walls and traditional Thanksgiving food, like turkey. Furthermore, players are now able to dress their vault dwellers in pilgrim garb, further driving home the Thanksgiving theme of the free update.
The Thanksgiving update for Fallout Shelter is the second holiday-themed update for the game, with a Halloween update releasing last month. It seems safe to say that the end of December will likely bring a Christmas-themed update for the game as well.
Beyond holiday-themed updates, Fallout Shelter has received other types of updates as well, such as one that added photo mode to the game, as well as another that added Preston Garvey from Fallout 4 as a Legendary Vault Dweller. With Fallout 4 now released, it wouldn't be surprising for more characters from the game to make their way to Fallout Shelter in future updates.
By updating the game on a frequent basis, Bethesda is able to keep the title's large community engaged, a venture that has proven quite fruitful for the company so far. Fallout Shelter managed to earn over $5 million after just its first two weeks on sale, and while Bethesda hasn't shared any updated financial information about the game since then, it has been revealed that over 29 million hours of Fallout Shelter have been played in the meantime.
Fallout Shelter has managed to become so popular in part thanks to the extraordinary hype surrounding Fallout 4, but with Fallout 4 now having released, it seems likely that Fallout fever will begin dying down. However, if Bethesda continues to release updates like this latest Thanksgiving-themed one, the game should be able to survive without too much trouble.
Are you still playing Fallout Shelter? If not, is the free Thanksgiving-themed update enough to convince you to return to the game? What do you want to see added to the title? Sound off in the comments below and let us know your thoughts on Bethesda's popular mobile title.
Fallout Shelter is currently available for both iOS and Android mobile devices.