The mobile game “Fallout Shelter” will soon be available in Tesla automobiles, Todd Howard announced during an E3 Coliseum panel with Elon Musk on Thursday. Howard said he also recently visited SpaceX while researching the future of space exploration for the upcoming Bethesda Game Studios RPG “Starfield.”
“That place,” he added, “is like ‘The Avengers’ meets NASA.” Howard first crossed paths with Musk while buying a high-end Tesla of his own.
There’s a certain amount of dark irony in “Fallout Shelter” coming to Tesla, given past speculation that Musk’s subterranean tunneling project in Los Angeles could one day serve as a real-world fallout shelter.
In 2015, Musk participated in a Reddit AMA — which stands for “ask me anything” — and was asked what his favorite video game was. He listed five picks: “Civilization,” “Warcraft,” “BioShock,” “Mass Effect,” and “Fallout.” (With the added context of today’s E3 Coliseum chat opposite Howard, it seems Musk meant “Fallout 3,” specifically.)
During a wildly surreal Q&A after the talk, audience members asked such questions as whether they could get autographs and selfies from Musk, or if Howard might need an intern at Bethesda. One young attendee tried to refute Musk’s ongoing claims that the known universe might in fact be a computer simulation.
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The conversation was moderated by Geoff Keighley, creator of The Game Awards.
The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 11 to 13. As is tradition, however, things kicked off early on Saturday at 12 p.m. ET with Electronic Arts’ EA Play event, which was held at the Hollywood Palladium on June 8 and 9. Microsoft had its big Xbox E3 2019 Briefing on Sunday, June 9, at 4 p.m. ET.
E3 2019 is coming to Los Angeles on June 11 through 13, and we’ll cover all the highlights of the event here at Variety as well.