Grounded Landscape ImageSource: Microsoft

Early Access and Game Preview means players can try out a game sometimes months before its release. This is great for the developers to collect feedback and helps make the game as good as it can be, but it also means players are far more likely to run into issues and bugs during their playthrough. Grounded is certainly not immune to this, as it just launched in Early Access and Game Preview. We've collected all of the known issues and bugs we've been able to find, as well as possible workarounds for these issues, all in one place!

Related: Grounded beginner's guide

Keep in mind, this is not where you should go to report bugs or issues you've run into in Grounded. If you have feedback to leave the team, there are several places you can go! There's a great thread in Grounded's sub-Reddit, Obsidian's support page, as well as a handy Discord server for the entire community. Finally, there is an official forum on Obsidian's site that can also be a big help. That said, feel free to let us know if there are any significant issues we have missed; that way, we can add them to our guide.

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Grounded

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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List of all known bugs and issues in Grounded

Grounded Landscape ImageSource: Microsoft

Below is a list of all the known bugs and issues we've been able to find, mostly pulled from official Obisidan Entertainment sources. We've also listed potential workarounds for issues if they exist, so you can try out different possible solutions if you're running into a specific problem. Again, if you are running into any of these issues, please let Obsidian know so they can keep track and prioritize the worst bugs!

Accessibility issues

Grounded has no translation options other than English

Players have reported that there are no other languages available in Grounded other than English, and there's no ability to change it.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no translation/language options for Grounded's Early Access or Game Preview at this moment. Obsidian Entertainment will add these options throughout the rest of the game's development.

Game settings don't save when re-entering the game

Players are reporting that their game settings are not saving whenever they leave and re-enter the game, causing players to re-enter their settings preferences.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time. Be sure to check your settings before playing the game, primarily if you use accessibility settings.

Voice controls in the game do not turn off

Players are reporting that the voice control option never turns off, no matter the settings.

Workarounds for this issue: It's been reported that setting voice control to "Always On" and then to "Never" fixes this issue.

Performance and stability issues

Players are experiencing crashes while using AMD Radeon R series graphics cards

Players who use an AMD Radeon R series graphics card may experience repeated crashes while attempting to play Grounded, related to a Direct X 12 issue.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time, but this is an issue Obsidian is actively looking into.

Players on Xbox are not able to progress past the welcome screen on the main menu

Players who first start-up Grounded are presented with a welcome screen (followed by a prompt for the game's Arachnophobia Safe Mode. On Xbox, some players have reported that they're not able to progress past this welcome screen, as the game attempts to interact with the main menu behind it.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no workarounds for this issue at this time, and players will have to wait for Obsidian to resolve it, or for a workaround to be found.

Game audio, including for characters, can distort

Players can find their game audio, including voices for characters, may have static or be distorted.

Workarounds for this issue: Relogging the game could possibly fix this issue.

In-game time stops progressing, including day / night cycle

Players have found that the in-game time can stop progressing, including moving through day and night times, which consequently halts progression.

Workarounds for this issue: There is no known workaround for this issue at this time. As this issue halts game progression, players may need to start a new game entirely to continue progressing.

Recycling certain items can cause the game to crash

Some players are reporting that recycling certain items like grass plank palettes, weed stem palettes, and dew collectors can cause the game to crash.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Interacting with the game while cooking can cause the game to crash

Clicking on an empty space or double-clicking on an item while cooking food can cause the entire game to crash.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Respawning at a lean-to can trap players below the world

If you have set your respawn point at a lean-to, dying or respawning there can cause your character to become trapped underneath the world, with no way out.

Workarounds for this issue: Some players have reported that relogging the game can resolve this issue.

Creating a custom trail marker and then viewing the trail marker on the map causes a crash

Players have reported that when they create a custom trail marker, open the map, and center the map on the new trail marker, the game will crash spontaneously.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Multiplayer and online issues

Players are unable to start or join multiplayer lobbies

Many players have reported issues starting or joining multiplayer lobbies, especially between platforms (Xbox One, Windows, and Steam). This prevents online play with other players, which is a large part of Grounded's appeal.

Workarounds for this issue: Obisidian is actively working on this issue, so it could already be resolved! If you're still running into this, some players have reported that making multiple repeated attempts to start or join a multiplayer lobby has led to success. Worst-case scenario, single-player is always an option in Grounded until this issue is laid to rest.

Players are unable to see other multiplayer lobbies

Related to the above issue, but definitely separate, this issue has players unable to see the multiplayer lobbies of other players, and therefore unable to even attempt to join.

Workarounds for this issue: Make sure you're using the Xbox app, which can be downloaded on Windows, Android, or iOS (and is built into the Xbox system), to friend the player you're wanting to play with. If you're already friends through Xbox Live and continue to run into this problem, it's likely a sync issue, according to Obsidian. Players have found that adjusting your system time to match that of the player you want to join can temporarily fix this issue, while Obsidian searches for a permanent solution.

Players who left then re-joined a multiplayer lobby have missing items in inventory

If a player joins, leaves, then rejoined a multiplayer lobby with friends, some of the items they had with them may go missing.

Workarounds for this issue: Some players have reported that relogging the game has returned the missing items.

Gameplay issues

BURG.L may disappear from the game, or become locked in the Oak Tree Lab

Players who speak to BURG.L and then leave the Oak Tree Lab are reporting that the lab doors are locking behind them, with no way back into the lab. Some players are also reporting that BURG.L is disappearing from their game entirely.

Workarounds for this issue: There is no known workaround for this issue at this time. As this issue halts game progression, players may need to start a new game entirely to continue progressing.

Players are loading into their save game with a missing inventory

Players have been loading into their save games to find their entire inventory completely missing, leading to a loss of progression and other issues.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time, but Obsidian is actively looking into it.

Players are becoming permanently stuck in webs that have been harvested

Players who harvest webs while stuck to them may be permanently stuck to them, with no way to get out (as the web has already been harvested).

Workarounds for this issue: To escape, you'll need to respawn. This either means having your character die (either from a friend or hostile bug), using the "Give Up" option in the menu or relogging the entire game. Once your character respawns, you'll be free.

Spiders can spawn-camp players if they're inside the player's base

Players have reported that if a spider finds its way into their base and kills them, the spider can then repeatedly kill the player as they spawn, leading to a loop cycle.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Large amounts of larva can flood the game later on

Players have reported influxes of larva later on in the game, leading to an abnormally large amount of insects in the area.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time. Obsidian is investigating the game's respawn rates.

Trail markers will occasionally turn themselves off

Players have reported that trail markers can turn themselves off at random, forcing players to find the trail markers and manually turn them back on.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Ants can still steal food from players and storage bins from a distance

Ants have been known to pilfer food from players and storage bins, but a known bug is causing ants to do so from decent distances away.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

The mushroom garden and roasting spit occasionally stop working

Players have reported that the mushroom garden and roasting spit utility items occasionally stop working, and will not grow mushrooms or cook any food.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Some insects can walk through walls and up building floors

Players have reported a terrifying bug in which insects can simply walk through walls and buildings, and even travel up floors and levels in buildings.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Sign-in and account issues

Players are experiencing crashes or freezes on the login screen

Whenever players are attempting to login to their Microsoft Account / Xbox Live account, Grounded can crash or freeze completely. This isn't an issue on Xbox, which signs you in automatically.

Workarounds for this issue: There's no definitive workaround at the moment, but players have reported that the issue may be related to anti-virus software. Make sure your anti-virus is fully up to date, and if you're still experiencing this problem, give the game permissions (i.e. whitelist) in the anti-virus software. Steam players should also be able to play single-player if they put Steam in Offline Mode.

Steam players who incorrectly enter their Microsoft Account / Xbox Live credentials cannot try again

Some Steam players who incorrectly enter the credentials for their Microsoft Account / Xbox Live account are not given the option to re-enter them, leading the game to freeze and not able to played.

Workarounds for this issue: Some players reported that after logging out, uninstalling the game, then turning Steam Cloud off, then back on before reinstalling the game, they were able to re-enter their credentials.

The login prompt for the Microsoft Account / Xbox Live never appears

It's being reported that some players simply never get a prompt to login to their Microsoft Account / Xbox Live account, meaning the game freezes and cannot be played.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Players playing through Steam on Windows 7 cannot login

There has been an ongoing issue where players still on Windows 7 trying to play Grounded through Steam have been unable to login to the game, and therefore unable to play.

Workarounds for this issue: An update should be rolling out right now that hopefully resolves this issue. If you still have this issue after the update, make sure to submit feedback to Obsidian Entertainment.

Microscopic survival

Grounded

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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