Grounded Reaches 10 Million Players and Goes Into the Wood with New Update

The Grounded team is proud to announce that over 10 million players have visited the Backyard! It has been great seeing so many players come to find out what it’s like to be shrunk down to the size of an ant. An even better feeling is seeing so many people playing before the game reaches its full release. With a small dev team constantly getting feedback from the community, Grounded would not be where it is without the players who have supported the game during the Game Preview/Early Access period. That feedback will allow Grounded to be in an even better place when it comes to its full release later this year. 

Grounded Game Director Adam Brennecke, along with the team, have put together a short video thanking everyone for their support in getting to this tremendous milestone. As an added bit of celebration, the team is also releasing a Grounded-themed dynamic background for Xbox players so they can have a beautiful shot of the Backyard with them on their dashboard any time they boot up their console. 

While the team is working on getting to that full release, they still have some updates to fill out the current state of the backyard. The most recent one, update 0.12, is a doozy with plenty of new areas for adventurers to explore and new creatures to encounter. Making their way towards the upper yard, players will first discover that the BBQ has now been knocked over. This creates a dangerous and sizzling path on the way towards the woodpile, so players should be prepared to face the heat. 


Once players have made their way through the ash, they will get themselves into the all-new woodpile, the lair of a brand- new creature in the backyard: the termites! The woodpile is an immense dungeon home to a new creature that you can use to craft not only a new tier 3 axe, but also a new chest armor piece.  

That’s not all the update brings, though! Along with the termites and soldier termites that are found in the woodpile, there are 8 other creatures coming into the backyard. Be on the lookout for the black ox beetles, dust mites, scarabs, green shield bugs, ladybug larvae, ladybirds, and the recently infected (and community suggested) wolf spiders (complete with their own unique Danger Dumpling color scheme for anyone playing in arachnophobia mode).


Speaking of community suggestions, the team is always listening, and made a host of new improvements based on player feedback. First among those is the ability to craft many items at once. You can now craft up to five of any one item that you have the resources for. The all- new Peep.R mode lets players focus in on areas across the map and mark points of interest for themselves and other players. When it comes to crafting, are you looking for a certain material to finish that item? Head to the new Resource Survey Stations, scan a material type, and find out where that item is located currently in the yard. Finally, players now have the ability to hot deposit storage items in chests and containers making inventory management even better. 

Players can also make a Black Ox Axe, Splinter Arrows, two new meal recipes, a new set of Burr Weed base floors, a new spicy weapon, and for achievement hunters, eight8 brand- new achievements to unlock. For more information on the update, be sure to check out the latest Grounded Vlog on Obsidian’s YouTube Channel.


Grounded is only getting bigger and better as the team makes progress towards the 1.0 release later this year and we could not do it without all the support that our community has given us. Thank you for helping us make Grounded the game you, and the dev team, want to play. Until next time, stay safe and stay grounded, friends! 

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The world is a vast, beautiful, and dangerous place – especially when you have been shrunken to the size of an ant. Explore, build, and survive together in this cooperative survival-adventure. Can you thrive alongside the hordes of giant insects, fighting to survive the perils of the backyard? Uncover the mysteries while playing through the story! How did you wind up so small? Who did this to you? How do you go home? These are all answers you will uncover as you play through the story. Solo or with friends – anytime! You can face the backyard alone or together, online, with up to three friends. Not only that, but with the Shared Worlds feature, you can continue to play in your shared world even if the original host is not on, with all your progression saving! (Online console multiplayer requires Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or Game Pass Core, sold separately.) Nowhere is safe – not even your base. Creatures can be found roaming the yard in a multitude of environments, such as the depths of the pond, the caverns of the termite den, and even the sweltering heat found in the sandbox. You can even attract them to different places in the yard by activating the MIX.R devices. However, the more you interfere with the creatures in the yard, the higher the chance that they come knocking at your own door, so you better prepare. Play true to your playstyle! Use the in-game customization systems such as Mutations and Milk Molars to activate the bonuses and perks you want for your character. Not only that, but craft and upgrade your armor and weapons to give your character the stats and advantages you need in order to take on the perils of the backyard. It’s time to go big, or never go home!