Grounded was revealed during the Xbox Games Showcase event on July 23rd and is scheduled to be released tomorrow on July 28th as part of the Xbox Game Preview and Steam Early Access programs.
The game is due to be released on all platforms at the same time, which is 10am PDT. Grounded is due for release on Xbox One, the Microsoft Store & Steam and will also be playable on Xbox One and via the Microsoft Store using the Game Pass or Game Pass For PC service. If you want to purchase the game, it will cost $29.99 in the US.
Here are the times for different time zones:
- July 28, 2020 – 10:00 PDT
- July 28, 2020 – 13:00 EDT
- July 28, 2020 – 14:00 BRT
- July 28, 2020 – 18:00 BST
- July 28, 2020 – 19:00 CEST
- July 28, 2020 – 19:00 SAST
- July 28, 2020 – 20:00 MSK
- July 29, 2020 – 01:00 SGT
- July 29, 2020 – 03:00 AEST
- July 29, 2020 – 05:00 NZST
Grounded was one of the highlights for me during the Xbox Games Showcase event and seems like a fun, perhaps not as hardcore, survival game. Hopefully, it will be very accessible for people to get into survival games. Here’s some info on the game taken from Wikipedia:
Grounded is a survival game that can be played either in first-person or a third-person. In the game, the protagonist is shrunk to the size of an ant and must strive to survive in a backyard. In the game, the player character needs to consume an adequate amount of food and water, or they will lose health due to starvation or dehydration respectively. The backyard is filled with various bugs and insects, including spiders, bees, dust mites, mantis and ladybugs. Different insects serve different purposes in the game. For instance, spiders were one of the game’s apex predators that will hunt down the players, ladybugs can lead players to food source, while an aphid can be cooked and consumed for food. Players can also cut down grass to collect dewdrops. The game has an accessibility option for players who have arachnophobia, which allows players to decide how scary spiders are going to be in the game.
As players progress in the game, they will visit new areas in the backyard. The game’s difficulty would slowly increase and enemies that are more dangerous would be introduced. Throughout the game, players need to scavenge resources in the world in order to construct a base so as to defend themselves from hostile enemies, in particular during nighttime as some of the insects become more aggressive. The resources can also be used to craft different tools, traps and weapons, such as axes, spears and bows and arrows, to defeat enemies. Players also need to manage their stamina as the playable character may become exhausted in sustained combat. The game can be played solo, though it also has a four-player cooperative multiplayer mode.