As part of a bundle of rumors for the PlayStation 4, Bethesda is said to be launching Fallout Shelter for this generation’s top selling game console during their E3 2018 Press Conference which takes place tomorrow at 6:30PM. Fallout Shelter was revealed and launched during E3 2015 and began its journey on iOS and Android smartphones. In 2016 the game hit the PC Gaming market. The year after it landed on Xbox ONE. It’s only natural that this year we could see the title available for PS4 as well, but the rumor doesn’t necessarily end there.
Whispers around the new Fallout 76 title and its affiliation with other games in the Fallout universe bring up the idea that Fallout Shelter could see modifications or upgrades which would bring it in line somehow with the new Fallout 76 game. How this would work exactly, or if it’s even true, remains to be seen. However, if the mini-game somehow did play a role in the new mainline title’s progression system whether optional or not, it could be arguably seen as unfair for those who don’t own a modern smartphone.
Though the amount of people playing Fallout games who don’t have such a device could be small, there’s also gamers who really hate playing smartphone games to be considered as well, or perhaps have data limits / device incompatibilities that present a problem. Offering Fallout Shelter on PS4 this year could be a way to smooth that path so that everyone has a chance to gain the benefits the mini-game could potentially have on Fallout 76.
To muddy the waters a bit further, Bethesda has said that they will likely provide companion apps for every game they release. The Pip Boy app for Fallout 4 was a huge success in allowing players to micro-manage their inventories and perform tedious tasks while away from their game. If that’s the case, we could see another inventory management system app with Fallout Shelter being simply a bonus experience that may or may not unlock items in Fallout 76. Additionally, it would only be natural to expect some sort of evolution of the companion app this time around.
With base-building confirmed to be a major part of Fallout 76 and online multiplayer components strongly expected to debut at tomorrow’s E3 2018 showcase, we could see some sort of way to watch or work on bases while away from the game in a companion app, and / or combined into Fallout Shelter in some way. This could even involve a sequel or spiritual successor to Fallout Shelter with the original simply being released for good measure. We will have to wait and see what tomorrow brings, for now this is all speculation.
Update: Fallout Shelter is now available for PS4 and Nintendo Switch. The game was announced and released during the Bethesda E3 2018 Press Conference.