Bethesda’s free-to-play simulator game – Fallout Shelter – is making its way towards Microsoft’s two leading gaming platforms next week. Both Windows 10 and Xbox One players can now be overseers inside their own custom Vaults of Fallout.
Releasing two years after the original iOS and Android versions, this marks the game’s first foray onto a gaming console.
Although Fallout Shelter is already available on PC through the Bethesda Launcher, the new release is touting Microsoft’s Xbox Play Anywhere program, essentially meaning that all the progress, achievements and save files of players are accessible on both the Xbox One and Windows 10 platforms.
Thanks to that, players can pick up from where they left off on either platform; furthermore, adding full support for playing the game using an Xbox One Controller for both systems.
Ordinarily, Bethesda’s Fallout games fall into the role-playing action genre, mainly in first and third person perspectives in newer iterations. However, this spin-off from Bethesda takes the original series’ “Vaults” – special underground shelters to house survivors in case of a nuclear war – and puts players in charge of the building, maintaining and caring for their share of survivors.
Gameplay of Fallout Shelter
The gameplay involves directing the Vault Dwellers to specific rooms of the Vault to gather resources through machines. Afterward, the player can, in turn, use these resources to expand and upgrade the Vault for even faster resource gathering.
As the game makes use of the Fallout games’ iconic S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stats system, every vault dweller has their own set of stats that can make them better or worse at specific jobs. But the player can improve individual stats of the dwellers using Training Rooms with the downside of taking up time.
In addition to the resource management, outside forces can attack the Vault of the player at random times. In these scenarios, the Vault Dwellers can fight back against the intruders with player provided weapons and armor.
Since the game’s release, Bethesda has added multiple new features to it through game updates. Notably the addition of quests, crafting, pets, new enemies and the ability to customize the looks of Vault Dwellers.
Obviously, as a free-to-play game, Fallout Shelter houses microtransactions, but they thankfully remain unobtrusive to the regular gameplay.
Fallout Shelter will be available on February 7th through the Microsoft Store for the Xbox One and Windows 10 platforms.