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Why Xbox's 'Grounded' might be the best survival game in years (video)

Grounded Yard
Grounded Yard (Image credit: Windows Central)

What would happen if a game like Conan Exiles or ARK: Survival Evolved clashed with the world of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids? Grounded is your answer.

Grounded is an upcoming survival game from Obsidian, known for recent titles like The Outer Worlds and Pillars of Eternity. Microsoft picked up Obsidian to grow Xbox Game Studios a while ago, and despite Grounded's relatively smaller dev team, it's already showing some incredible promise.

Set in a back yard, you've been shrunk to the size of an ant, and must figure out what went wrong. Grounded has a story quest chain, but also a robust sandbox experience with crafting, settlement building, and armor and weapon tiers that must be researched and built, using parts from various creepy crawlies that inhabit the grounds. You and up to three additional friends will work your way up from aphid-munching scavenger to back yard overlord, clad in armor crafted from the spoils of vanquished wolf spiders and other predatory bugs.

See the video above for some of our early impressions on Grounded, and find out why we think this could be the best survival game in a long time. We'll also have a more detailed written preview up shortly, so stay tuned!

Jez Corden is a Senior Editor for Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!

  • I've played the demo 5 times now and, even though it's limited, I'm in love with the idea and how the game is shaping up.
  • Is there an option to change it from first person view to third person? Game looks awesome fun!
  • Yes, you can change from first person to third person, v.v. It is so good.
  • Amazing! Can't wait!
  • Dammit Game Pass you are destroying my hopes of even making a dent in my backlog!