Xbox's 'Grounded' breaks cover at PAX East, showing gameplay and details on video

Grounded Xbox One
Grounded Xbox One (Image credit: Microsoft / Obsidian Entertainment)

What you need to know

  • At PAX East 2020, Obsidian Entertainment hosted a panel on their upcoming survival game Grounded.
  • Gameplay was shown off for the first time, and the developers answered community questions about the game while also revealing some new details.
  • You can view the whole panel by watching the video included in this article.
  • Grounded is coming to Early Access on Xbox One and Steam in Spring 2020, and is slated to release officially sometime in 2021.

Legendary developer Obsidian Entertainment showed off their next game, Grounded, in a panel at PAX East 2020. For the first time, the public was shown gameplay footage. On top of this, the developers actively answered questions that they were asked by the panel's crowd and provided some clarity on how certain parts of the game worked.

You can watch the full recording of the panel in the video above. The highlight of what we learned to me is that the AI of the bugs you can come across will be incredibly dynamic; for example, ants will change their behavior towards you depending on how you treat their workers and scouts, and you can encourage predatory creatures like spiders to migrate to different areas by wiping out the creatures they prey on. It was also pretty cool to see how the combat and crafting systems worked as well; from what we've been shown thus far, I think the game has a lot of potential.

For a full breakdown of everything we know about Grounded so far, make sure to check out our full round-up. We don't know how much it will cost just yet, but we do know that it will be available on Xbox through both direct purchase as well as Game Pass. The game will also be coming to PC through Steam. Both versions of the game will have a period of Early Access slated to begin in Spring 2020, and the full game is anticipated to release in 2021.

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.

4 Comments
  • Love the idea of this game. It does however seem similar to fortnite, but with a different setting (instead of zombies, its killer insects).
  • I hope this game pans out. I am interested in trying it out. I love how Microsoft is just making all these different genre types of games for gamers. Its good to have variety.
  • Survival games isn't my cup of tea. I hated Zelda BOTW due to its survival elements. And I am the biggest Zelda fan from way back in the 80s and 90s. Hope it's good for those that like the genre.
  • I'm the same, I'm not big on survival games, mainly because I'm no good at them. Good to see something a bit different come out of Obsidian though, so I hope this becomes popular with fans of the genre.