Bethesda’s free-to-play mobile game, Fallout Shelter, continues to make a fortune for the company while fans await the release of an Android version.
According to the Tech Times, a report from SuperData Research revealed that the game has already made roughly $5.1 million via in-game purchases in the App Store alone. This figure was reached in a milestone of two weeks since its release date in June after the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2015 event.
The mobile game, which is based on the premise of Bethesda’s Fallout 4 console and PC game, lets players take control of a shelter manager who is in charge of taking care of survivors of the nuclear holocaust that is central to the Fallout franchise.
According to the International Business Times, the game, while free to play, allows players to make purchases in the App Store in the form of in-game lunchboxes that unlocks usable items and shelter dwellers to augment their population.
The secret behind the financial success of the otherwise free game is Bethesda’s making Fallout Shelter playable offline and monetization that is not distracting to the players.
“By emphasizing unobtrusive monetization and offline playability, Bethesda managed to earn the respect of a consumer group that is otherwise highly critical of free-to-play monetization,” the Tech Times quoted the SuperData Research report as saying.
While Fallout Shelter has been successful in the iOS realm, Android users are still eagerly awaiting the release of an Android-compatible version of the mobile game. According to reports, the Android version is not long in coming as it may possibly be released by August.
Destructoid earlier reported that Bethesda’s Vice President Pete Hines had dropped hints on Twitter regarding the ongoing development of an Android version of Fallout Shelter.
Hines had told an inquiring fan that the development is progressing as expected, and that Bethesda will possibly be rolling out the Android version by “next month,” although the VP was quick to point out that he will inform the public when specifics have been confirmed.