Obsidian Entertainment’s co-op survival sandbox title Grounded is now available in early access. It can be played on Xbox One and PC via Xbox Game Preview and Xbox Game Pass. PC players can also hop in via Steam Early Access, and the title is already a top-seller on the storefront.
Grounded sees four kids shrunken down to miniature size in a Honey, I Shrunk the Kids-style scenario. They must survive against bugs and spiders, creating a base and defenses using regular items. Not every insect is out to get you, but crafting, resource gathering, and combat are still required.
The early access version consists of “roughly 20 percent” of the complete story, with three major biomes to explore. Armor and weapons cap out at tier 2, and there’s an Arachnophobia Mode for those who can’t handle the spiders. Bug fixes, additional biomes, and “updated systems” will be rolled out over time, and the full game is planned to launch in 2021. Stay tuned for more updates in the meantime.