'Fallout Shelter' for Android plagued with destructive bug

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Todd Howard, Game Director and Executive Producer at Bethesda Game Studios, showcase the "Fallout 4Pip-Boy Edition" that comes with an actual Pip-Boy as he introduces the video game "Fallout 4" during video game publisher Bethesda Softworks media briefing before the opening day of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California June 14, 2015. Reuters/Kevork Djansezian

Android users have had the privilege of playing the hit iOS game from Bethesda, “Fallout Shelter,” since its release last Aug. 13. However, several users have reported that the game suffers from a potential bug that could erase the entire progress of players.

Several Android users took to forums to express their disappointment at Bethesda for overlooking a very harmful bug. The bug does not only delete the entire progress of a user but also deletes his or her all in-app purchases. The saved file stores the details of a user’s in-app purchases through the Play Store, so this basically means that if a saved file is deleted, the money shelled out by the user goes with it.

The bug reportedly occurs when a smartphone’s battery dies during gameplay or when the phone’s memory runs out. Upon restarting “Fallout Shelter,” players are greeted with a screen that asks if they want to start a new vault or not. Aside from that, the game will consecutively crash on the loading screen. If players look at the app’s details on the Settings menu, they will see that the saved files have become 0KB, meaning they are blank.

One Reddit user ranted saying that while opening the app, “Fallout Shelter” crashed a few times. Upon looking into things further, he saw that the save file was now 0KB and all of the money he used in purchasing lunchboxes have become unrecoverable. Some users, on the other hand, took to Bethesda’s forums to express their anger, while some hoped to look for a possible solution online.

No iOS user have reported the bug, but it is still unclear whether or not the bug affects the iOS version. Bethesda has yet to comment on the issue, but it is reportedly likely that they will fix the bug through a patch.

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