Obsidian’s new “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” style adventure game Grounded came in early this week and looks like the game is already a hit. According to Grounded’s director, Adam Brennecke, the game attracted over a million players within two days of launch on PC and Xbox One. Not bad for making a game by a small team of only 13 developers! You can check out the latest trailer for Grounded below.
Is it a good decision to launch all first-party titles on Game Pass? Maybe not in some cases, but I don’t think there’s any doubt that it will benefit games like Grounded. A small game like this would never have attracted such a large audience so quickly with a traditional release. As mentioned earlier, Grounded is currently in early access, with players having to deposit $ 30 to try the game early. Obsidian has promised a series of monthly updates, while Grounded is in early access, with the first coming out on August 27. Didn’t you track Grounded? These are the main features of the game:
The world is a vast, beautiful and dangerous place – especially if you’ve shrunk to the size of an ant. Explore, build and survive together in this first-person, multiplayer, survival adventure. Can you thrive alongside the hordes of giant insects, fighting to survive the dangers of the backyard?
- Reactive world – Explore this immersive and persistent world, where insect life responds to your actions.
- Basic building – Shelter and tools are essential to your survival. Build epic bases to protect you and your gear from the bugs and the elements. Make weapons, tools and armor so you can better fight, explore and survive.
- Online cooperative – You can watch the backyard online alone or together with up to three friends.
- Campaign – Discover the secrets lurking in the shadows of Grounded as you freely explore the backyard and progress through the mysterious story.
In other news, Obsidian has recently detailed Grounded’s “Arachnophobia Mode”, which replaces the spiders of the game with non-intimidating legless blobs. It seems a bit arbitrary to distinguish this one kind of creepy crawl in a game where interacting with giant insects is the point, but c’est la vie. I am sure true arachnophobes will appreciate it.
Grounded is now available in early access on PC and Xbox One. A full release date has not been announced.