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!

Miles Dompier

Miles Dompier is a Freelance Video Producer for Windows Central, focusing on video content for Windows Central Gaming. In addition to writing or producing news, reviews, and gaming guides, Miles delivers fun, community-focused videos for the Windows Central Gaming YouTube channel. Miles also hosts Xbox Chaturdays every Saturday, which serves as the Windows Central Gaming weekly podcast.