At this year’s Summer Games Fest, Borrowers-style survival sim Grounded (opens in new tab)was announced to be leaving Early Access in September, but developer Obsidian didn’t limit it to a specific date. That has now changed, as Grounded director Adam Brennecke announced that the game will officially hit 1.0 on September 27.
In a video posted on Twitter (opens in new tab), Brennecke said: “The 1.0 release date is September 27,” adding, “We’re putting the finishing touches on everything. It’s going to be our biggest update ever.” The video also marks the two-year anniversary of Grounded’s Early Access launch, which is a serendipity.
Brennecke hasn’t shared any details about what’s coming in that 1.0 update. But he did outline some new features that have just been added to Grounded’s public test, in what will be the game’s final Early Access update. These include a “house mouse” and a new building called the Cookery. This forms the new foundation for the game’s cooking system, allowing players to start preparing meals earlier in the game. There’s also a “secret feature” coming up that Brennecke says isn’t quite ready to reveal yet, but Obsidian will “talk about shortly.” Fascinating!
I haven’t played Grounded myself and will probably now wait for the full experience to be out in the wild. But Fraser had a dragnet through the undergrowth (opens in new tab) last year. Aside from starting a run with his “bastard ants,” he described it as “a really inventive survival romp that isn’t full of busy work.” It’s also worth noting that Obsidian’s survival game is getting a TV adaptation soon (opens in new tab)written by Star Wars: Clone Wars writer Brent Friedman.