Fallout Shelter was released during E3 hype so you wouldn’t be pissed off

Bethesda exec talks F2P mobile outrage

I was particularly disappointed with the lack of surprise video game releases during E3 week this year. Normally for at least a few presentations there’s multiple “look under your chairs!” announcements where games become available immediately online following the show. Capcom did it spectacularly last year with Dead Rising 3: Super Ultra Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX + α.

This year, all we basically got was the mobile Fallout Shelter from Bethesda’s possibly last E3 press conference. It ended up being a pretty decent game, but Bethesda exec Pete Hines notes that had the timing of the release been off, it could have ended poorly for them.

Put plainly when talking to gamesindustry.biz, Hines states, “If we tried to do this last year without announcing [Fallout 4] and said, ‘Oh we’re doing a game and it’s on mobile and it’s called Fallout Shelter,’ we’d probably get lynched, right? There would be pitchforks at the gate. ‘That’s not the Fallout we asked for, you bastards!”

Well, that definitely makes sense. I mean, look at what happened to Metroid this year.

“There would be pitchforks at the gate” [Gamesindustry.biz]

Chris Carter
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