Obsidian's Grounded to host free Xbox One and PC demo this June

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft has unveiled plans to host a free demo for Grounded, its upcoming bug-themed survival adventure from Obsidian Entertainment.
  • The single-player demo runs from June 9 through June 14 on Xbox One and PC.
  • Grounded launches on Xbox One and PC on July 28, via Xbox Game Preview and Steam Early Access.

Microsoft has outlined plans to host a limited-time demo for Grounded, the upcoming survival adventure from Obsidian Entertainment, the creators of The Outer Worlds, and Fallout: New Vegas. The next chapter from the role-playing titan diverges from studio roots, pursuing a fun-sized sandbox where players see themselves shrunk down, and fending off hordes of garden insects.

Grounded makes its debut on Xbox One and PC on July 28, with an in-progress preview enabled by Xbox Game Preview and Steam Early Access, and accessible through a purchase or Xbox Game Pass. We now receive an opportunity to play Grounded's opening minutes for free, with plans to flight a brief demo this June, across all platforms.


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The Grounded demo runs from June 9 through June 14, set to provide "one day in the life of Grounded's single player campaign." That excludes multiplayer and long-term progression, two crucial aspects of the planned experience, but serves as a tease for its forthcoming public debut. Microsoft states a "limited number of slots" will be available for the demo, and available on a "first-come first-serve basis."

The Xbox One test will be available exclusively through the Xbox Insider Program, Microsoft's opt-in initiative for trialing upcoming Xbox One system updates, and select games. While also available via the Xbox Insider Hub for PC on Windows 10, the demo also branches to Steam through the Steam Game Festival.

Grounded's early demo hits Xbox One and PC on June 9, with its early access debut on July 28, and its formal launch scheduled for some time in 2021.

Matt Brown

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