Fallout Shelter emerges on PC today

Bethesda rolled out patch 1.6 for mobile and PC, too. 

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Following a surprise rollout of Fallout Shelter for mobile platforms at last year's E3, Bethesda has finally brought the free-to-play survival game to PC as of today—late last night, in fact.

You can only get it through Bethesda's launcher, which you'll find at Bethesda.net.

In addition to letting PC players get in on the fun, Bethesda patched the game to 1.6 across all platforms. According to a press release, "Update 1.6 introduces an exciting new Quest system with a new combat mechanic, as well as two new items for Overseers in a hurry: the Starter Pack allows players to jump-start a new Vault, and Nuka-Cola Quantum speeds up Dwellers returning from the Wasteland and certain Vault tasks."

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    July 14, 2016 4:30 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Fallout Shelter emerges on PC today

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      July 14, 2016 4:43 PM

      Is this worth playing if I've already played it before? I know they've been adding extras, but are they worth going through it again?

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        July 15, 2016 9:11 AM

        I came back to it recently and there's enough new stuff to keep me interested for now. Depends on how long ago you quit playing I guess.

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      July 14, 2016 4:48 PM

      bethesda launcher, lol

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        July 14, 2016 4:49 PM

        nopenopenopenope

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        July 14, 2016 5:14 PM

        eh, I installed it for a free game. they are doing it right haha

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          July 14, 2016 5:34 PM

          Yeah, I installed it too. The launcher is a mess. Game's ok on PC although it doesn't support multi-touch which just seems fucking stupid and lazy for these ports from touch-first devices.

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        July 15, 2016 1:08 AM

        at this point that's probably the only company that didn't have a launcher on my system yet. Really, does anyone give a fuck anymore? or are you really only using steam and excluding half of Video Games because of some dumb piece of software

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          July 15, 2016 1:50 AM

          Battlenet and Steam are all I really use.

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            July 15, 2016 2:31 AM

            It helps that Blizzard only has 5 games, but I really like Battle.net. looks great and works without issue.

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              July 15, 2016 2:35 AM

              I just wish they'd put their classic titles on Battle.net already.

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                July 15, 2016 2:37 AM

                I agree. Don't understand why they aren't either

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      July 14, 2016 6:01 PM

      no steam achievements no buy

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      July 14, 2016 7:02 PM

      have they introduced game sync across different platforms yet?

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      July 14, 2016 7:42 PM

      I love Bethesda but they need to do better to get me to install their launcher.

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      July 14, 2016 7:47 PM

      kinda surprised they bothered. Fits perfectly on mobile and already reached essentially everyone on PC.

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        July 15, 2016 3:10 AM

        It's probably a unity game so porting it over want a huge deal. Please free games are a great way to get your foot in the door with a new launcher. Of course they probably could have given out morrowind instead.

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        July 15, 2016 5:29 AM

        The game is a battery killer so I'm interested in a desktop port for that alone.

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      July 15, 2016 7:07 AM

      Played a few minutes last night. Pay to use cheat codes to speed up the game because it's too slow to keep you interested! Either that or its essentially an idle game where you sit around and wait for stuff to accumulate so you can have something to actually do. You know, actual gameplay. It's about as exciting as watching your pet snake lay under a heat lamp for hours on end.

      IDGI.

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        July 15, 2016 7:12 AM

        the timer runs while the game is off, atleast on mobile.

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        July 15, 2016 8:09 AM

        it was an ok distraction on my phone for about a month.....but eventually there's just nothing to do but send out guys and hope for the RNG to give you a cool item.

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        July 15, 2016 9:17 AM

        this is sorta one of the fundamental problems with porting a good mobile game to PC. It'd be perfectly reasonable to make a mobile game with great, deep gameplay but which doesn't encourage sessions longer than 5 minutes (but still expects you to play 30m+/day). If you put that same experience on PC people are going to be justifiably confused about that sort of interaction model.

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        July 15, 2016 10:22 AM

        yeah every time I load it up I fart around on it for an hour then I never seem to go back to it

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      July 15, 2016 7:21 AM

      Don't really understand why this is a thing....If I wanted to play Fallout on my PC, I'd just play Fallout, not a free to play mobile game port.

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        July 15, 2016 8:23 AM

        Not everyone has current smart phones that can run the game? So why not allow people who have tried it have a go at it... And DLC is in the game so if you can hook some sales why not.

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      July 15, 2016 9:15 AM

      Eh, just gonna wait for them to release that one DLC that adds it directly into Fallout 4. It seems way cooler that way.

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      July 24, 2016 10:52 AM

      This would be cool if it was cross platform and shared the save game with your app.