What you need to know
- Grounded is a fantastic co-op survival game from Obsidian Entertainment.
- The game is currently in Early Access and Game Preview, but has already gained tons of fans.
- After a lot of wait, Grounded's first big content update is rolling out, alongside lots of bug fixes.
- The August content update for Grounded will add new features to the game, but we're still waiting on specifics.
It seems like we've been waiting for ages, but Grounded is finally beginning the roll out for its first major content update, which we've been speculating about for ages. We've already seen all of the bug fixes and improvements, but now we can finally see what new features, gameplay, and mechanics the August content update for Grounded is adding. The 0.2.0 update for Grounded is a big milestone for the small team at Obsidian Entertainment, and marks the beginning of a (hopefully) long and successful future for this unique survival game.
The Grounded August content update includes the following new features:
- Bird! - Includes new crafting materials and recipes from bird feathers
- Perk system with 13 unique perks to discover!
- New BURG.L Quest types: Artificer (crafting quests) and Chipsleuth (quests asking you to locate BURG.L chips)
- Added Fence buildings (Sprig and Acorn)
- Added Table buildings (Grass and Clover)
- Added Water Flea ambient insect to flooded biome
This is a pretty decent changelog, adding new long-term features like a perk system to upgrade your character, new crafting recipes, additional quest types from BURG.L, and crafting recipes for base building. There is also one new insect added in this update, which should make the flooded biome, or the pond, more lively.
You are the reason we are having so much fun developing this game, and without you, we wouldn't be able to keep doing what we are doing. To thank you, we have a very special gift. 🐦 pic.twitter.com/GfheYjViEmThank you.
You are the reason we are having so much fun developing this game, and without you, we wouldn't be able to keep doing what we are doing. To thank you, we have a very special gift. 🐦 pic.twitter.com/GfheYjViEm— Grounded (@GroundedTheGame) August 26, 2020August 26, 2020
More importantly, the update also adds a giant bird, which frankly looks quite terrifying! Along with the bird should come new crafting recipes and crafting materials, but I don't expect players will be slaying this gargantuan avian creature, and instead will be collecting feathers and possibly other materials.
Overall, the update is more conservative, as we were expecting, but it still marks the beginning of many great updates for Grounded, and lays the groundwork for further improvements with quests, character upgrades, crafting, and biomes. We can't wait to see what the update adds in the future!
As an unrelated side note, the Grounded tweet announcing the new content update does confirm what we already suspected: Grounded has officially crossed into the "millions" of players, beyond the million we reported on two days after Grounded released. This shouldn't come as any surprise due to Grounded's early success, but it's still great to see it confirmed from an official source.
If the August content update for Grounded has encouraged you to make the plunge, anybody is still welcome to buy-in to Grounded's Early Access and Game Preview and enjoy everything the game has to offer. We've already been inside Grounded and are loving every minute of it, so we've got some beginning tips, some knowledge about base building, and everything you need to know about Grounded's basic tools and weapons. Make sure to check out our Grounded guides for everything you could need on Obsidian Entertainment's latest project.
How do you feel about Grounded's August content update? Is this a good start for Grounded, or were you expecting more for the first feature drop? Let us know in the comments below!
It's a big(ger) world out there.
Obsidian Entertainment makes its exclusive debut on Xbox One and PC with Grounded, a unique survival experience that literally makes all of your problems much, much bigger. Join your friends as you're shrunk down to the size of an ant and are forced to survive in a dangerous backyard.
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