Skyrim Director Teases Next Mobile Game

"Based on the Shelter experience, we're kind of rolling on something new."


Fallout Shelter

Fallout Shelter was the first mobile game that Fallout 4 and Skyrim developer Bethesda Game Studios ever created and it won't be the last. Director Todd Howard revealed last year that the studio is making more mobile games. These have not been announced just yet, but in a new interview with GameSpot, Howard recalled the huge success of Shelter and teased the studio's next mobile title.

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"We loved making it so we were ecstatic when it was so successful," Howard said about the free-to-play Shelter. The game was released for iOS and Android devices in 2015; as of June 2016, it had more than 50 million registered players. Bethesda doesn't provide specifics, but reports have said the game has made millions of dollars, with revenue coming from microtransactions.

"It kind of blew us away," Howard said about the reaction to Shelter.

He added that the key to long-term success in the mobile market (and elsewhere) is to continually release new updates to keep players engaged. Bethesda has definitely done that, as Shelter has been supported with lots of seasonal updates and other patches.

Shelter still has a "pretty active player base," Howard said.

Looking ahead, Howard teased Bethesda's second mobile game, saying it's something that the studio has had in mind for a long time.

"We do have another mobile project game that we thought about for a while," he said. "Based on the Shelter experience, we're kind of rolling on something new."

It remains to be seen which studio is working on the new mobile game. In December 2015, Bethesda Game Studios opened an office in Montreal with an aim to "expand its development capabilities in console, PC, and mobile gaming."

In other news about Shelter, the game recently launched for Xbox One and Windows 10 as a Universal Windows Platform app. The game may not come to PlayStation 4.

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    Avatar image for heqteur

    Give me a kingom builder in the elder scroll universe or something like that and I'll play it

    Avatar image for tevic

    A new mobile game. Now THIS is exciting.

    Avatar image for Pelezinho777

    @tevic: lol

    Avatar image for uncle5555

    Played Shelter earlier this week for about 4 hours straight.

    Took a walk, decided wasn't going to play it anymore, it's too much of a time sink with no ultimate goal or ending. (they should have let you send wanderers out to get a water chip or something (as a nod to FO1) and then continue playing after that if you desired to do it.

    Avatar image for milk

    Looks like Bethesda is the next Konami. No more AAA games, just mobile games going forward.

    Avatar image for heqteur

    @milk: What was Fallout 4 and Doom then? What will be The Elder Scroll 6 to you? And even though it gets much criticism, what's TESO? Those are all big budget titles expected to make money, which is textually the exact definition for a AAA title.

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    @heqteur: Fallout 4 and Doom are already released. Going forward means the future. The Elder Scrolls 6 will probably be a mobile game where you build a town by waiting real time hours. The Elder Scrolls Online isn't Bethesda, but that doesn't matter because again it's a game that's already released.

    Avatar image for Pyrosa

    FO Shelter is fun, and it's one of those rare examples of MT done right. There's literally nothing you can't do without MT, unless you want to collect all the incedibly rare characters and pets. The "loot boxes" and "speed currency" is earned via multiple means in-game.

    Another good idea they had was a one-time "Starter Pack" MT, which gives you one of each Legendary category for $5. Kind of a "hey, if the game has at least been worth $5 of fun to you, here's some seriously useful stuff at a good price."

    Avatar image for 93ChevyNut

    @Pyrosa: Finally, someone who doesn't believe in spitting all over mobile games. I agree, I thought FOS was a lot of fun.

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    @93ChevyNut: I travel constantly, so Android and high-end laptop PC gaming is a necessity. Yes, I tend to lean "paid download titles" over F2P, but as long as the installed permissions aren't heinous I'll often give anything a try.