Join the Grounded Flight Starting June 16


  • Starting June 16 and extending through June 22, Grounded flight will be available for Xbox Insiders in the Xbox Insider Hub and Steam client as a part of the Steam Game Festival as a single-player demo.
  • Grounded will enter Xbox Game Preview with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Steam Early Access on July 28, 2020.

Editor’s Note [June 9, 2020]: The Grounded flight through the Xbox Insider Program and Steam Game Festival will now start June 16 and extend through June 22. The original post has been updated to reflect this change.

We’re excited to announce starting June 16 and extending through June 22, Grounded, Obsidian’s upcoming survival adventure game, will officially roll out their flight for global players! You will now have an opportunity to play an early demo of Grounded through the Xbox Insider Program or through Steam Game Festival. The demo gives players a look at one day in the life of Grounded’s single player campaign.

Participation through the Xbox Insider Program is the only way to play Grounded on an Xbox One during this time period, so make sure you join to be an Xbox Insider for a chance to participate. Once registered, on June 16, all accepted participants can open up the Xbox Insider Hub program (on Windows 10 PC or Xbox One) and start downloading Grounded. Involvement in the Xbox Insider flight will be on a first-come first-serve basis due to the limited number of slots available. The official opening of the flight will be announced via Twitter, so keep an eye for updates from @GroundedTheGame.

We’ve listened to the community, and due to the overwhelming response and interest to participate in the Xbox Insider flight, we’ve updated our plans accordingly. As mentioned earlier, we will now also be participating in the upcoming Steam Game Festival to give even more players an opportunity to play the Grounded demo. The Steam Game Festival starts on June 16 and extends through June 22 as well, and all you need is an active Steam account to be able to download and play the same demo that will be released through the Xbox Insider flight.

We’re excited to have you start this journey with us and get into the game, as it is important to us to get your feedback. Having both the Xbox Insider and Steam demos line up at the same time means we can hear from as many of you as possible before the game enters Xbox Game Preview with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Steam Early Access on July 28. See you in the backyard soon!

For the latest on Grounded, stay tuned to Xbox Wire and follow @GroundedTheGame on Twitter for future updates.

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