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Ant-sized 'Grounded' coming to early access, full release set for 2021 (update)

Grounded Xbox One
Grounded Xbox One (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Grounded is an upcoming multiplayer survival game from Obsidian Entertainment.
  • The game has been in development since before the team was acquired by Microsoft.
  • It focuses on a "Honey, I Shrunk The Kids" style situation.
  • Grounded will be part of Xbox Game Pass (opens in new tab) at launch.

Updated June 15, 2020: The Grounded beta launches for Xbox Insiders on June 16.

Grounded is an upcoming multiplayer survival game from Obsidian Entertainment. The title focuses on children who have shrunk down to the size of ants and must fight for themselves against the perils of the microscopic world.

According to the Steam page, the full version of Grounded should launch in 2021, but it'll be in early access before that. The listing was reported on by WCCFtech.

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access? We want to make the best experience possible and putting an exact timeline on an early-in-development game is very challenging. That said, we also want to be transparent with our community, so we will give you our best guess with the understanding that these plans may change. The current target for Grounded's full release is sometime in 2021.

It seems like it should hit Steam Early Access and possibly Xbox Game Preview sometime in 2020. A multiplayer game definitely needs feedback from the community, and that's exactly what Obsidian is doing.

Are you interested in Grounded? What are your expectations from the title? Let us know.

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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

2 Comments
  • Can't wait to try this out!
  • Looks interesting. Are the characters the same as Xbox Avatars? That would be a great setup if they allowed you to use your Xbox avatar directly in the game. I think it's an underutilized feature. There were at least a few on 360 that did that, not sure about Xbox One