What you need to know
- Grounded is an open world survival game where players are microsopic, created by Obsidian Entertainment.
- The game is in early access, with montly content drops planned, as well as regular developer vlogs.
- The latest developer vlog is out, and talks about how insects go about their day.
- It also reveals that the September content update is coming September 30, 2020.
Grounded is a game that continues to grow in scale and ambition, despite the dimunitive nature of its inhabitants, and has promised monthly content updates as part of its Early Access and Game Preview. August delivered with its content update, but Grounded's next update has been shrouded in mystery for all of September. Well, Grounded's latest developer vlog reveals when players can expect the next feature drop, after going over how insects in the game go about their day.
According to the developer vlog, the various insects in Grounded follow a G.O.A.P., or "Goal Oriented Action Plan," which dictates how and why insects do what they do. In the case of the aphid, these tiny creatures love exploring, but can also become quite sad if they spend too much time away from clovers. Give aphids lots of time with clovers, and they'll give aphid honeydew in response. Weevils spend all their time searching for mushrooms, while ants do everything for the colony. Every insect has an agenda they want to follow, be it exploration, food gathering, or defense of their territory.
It's an interesting look at how the Grounded team developed the insects, and why insects do what they do. Gnats are especially amusing, as apparently gnats just enjoy, well, "booping" players. However, this insight into Grounded's life isn't the climax of this developer blog, rather its the news that the September content update is dropping for all players on September 30, 2020, and will include new features for everyone to explore. We'll hopefully learn a little bit more about the update right before it's here, but we're expecting this content update to be a little more on the conservative side.
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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