With Fallout 4 currently eating up many a gamer's precious recreation time, it's easy to forget that other post-apocalyptic games have come out this year too. Mad Max sort of came and went, a victim of a crowded release season. And on Xbox One and Steam, a little game called Sheltered surprisingly deals with many of the same themes as the Fallout series. Plus it keeps growing!

Team17 and Unicube's Sheltered is a fallout shelter simulator – sort of like the mobile game Fallout Shelter but far more complex. Sheltered currently exists as part of the Xbox One Preview Program and Steam Early Access, where the developers continue to enhance and refine its simulation aspects and gameplay. Today Sheltered gets a huge update that adds raids, loyalty, horses, and more. Read on for full update details!

Sheltered Update 8 details

New Features

Shelter Raids:

  • Raiders attempt to break into your shelter to steal food and supplies
  • The shelter door can now be upgraded to be made stronger and more resilient to attacks
  • New craftable traps to keep them out are now available: Paint Can Trap, Spike Trap, Shotgun Trap

New Radiation and Oxygen Functionality:

  • Radiation is no longer present at all times
  • Radiation clouds now accompany dust storms
  • The oxygen filter is now used to provide oxygen for the shelter instead of clear radiation
  • The oxygen filter must be upgraded to provide more oxygen as the number of people in the shelter increases

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Recruit Loyalty:

  • Newly-recruited members of the shelter begin in auto-mode. Player must gain their loyalty before they receive full control over them
  • Recruits can now be dismissed from the shelter
  • Recruits that become too stressed or unhealthy will leave the shelter
  • When recruits leave, there is now a chance they may steal something or sabotage an object
  • There is now a chance that a recruit is a psychopath and may sabotage the shelter or kill a family member if triggered

Horse Pet:

  • The player can now select a horse as the shelter pet


  • Certain areas of the map are now controlled by dangerous factions
  • Each faction has new and unique visuals and dialogue

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General Changes

  • Doors now open automatically for characters
  • A saddle and stable are craftable if the player starts with the horse
  • Damaged objects may now catch fire
  • A fire extinguisher is now craftable to put out fires
  • Expedition parties may now encounter wolves and bears
  • A 'Move All' option when transferring items has been added

    Bug Fixes, Changes, and Balancing

  • Too many to share here. See the Sheltered Update 8 Patch notes for the full list.

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Gimme Sheltered

Sheltered is a Kickstarter success story, with the game successfully reaching its funding goals in 2014. The Xbox One port happened as a result of s stretch goal, as console gamers clearly wanted a fallout shelter simulator enough to put their money on the line.

The game takes place after a global apocalypse that drives humanity nearly to extinction. One fortunate family of four discovers an underground shelter that will keep them alive a little longer. But even with walls to keep the deadly radiation out, the family won't be truly safe without player's help. Death threatens all around, whether it's from dehydration, lack of food, physical injuries, external radiation, or raiders.

Sheltered is a complex and challenging simulation – think of the hardcore elements of modern Roguelikes and even games like The Oregon Trail. Bad things will happen to your family, and you'll have to observe and react quickly to keep them alive.

As part of the Xbox One Preview Program/Steam Early Access, Sheltered is fully playable but still in development. Player feedback will help the developers at Unicube improve and perfect their game on the way to official release. Grab the game (or its free trial) now and you can help make Sheltered become the ultimate fallout shelter simulator.

Download Sheltered for Xbox One ($14.99) Download Sheltered on Steam ($14.99)