Featured in the 2020 Xbox Games Showcase, Grounded by Obsidian Entertainment has hit Steam Early Access and you can pre-order and get open beta access to the game for R175.
Grounded looks like a “Honey I Shrunk The Kids”-themed survival craft 'em up. Steam tells me that it is similar to Terraria and Starbound.
At the start of Early Access, the following features/content will be available in Grounded, but Obsidian said that everything should be considered a work in progress:
• Groundwork laid out for intended storyline
• 3 major biomes – the grasslands, the hedge, and the haze
• Base building
• Single player and online co-op play
• First two tiers of weapons and armor
• At least ten insects
• Arachnophobia mode (just for you @Wyvern!)
The Steam Early Access page as the following FAQ:
Why Early Access?
“From our previous crowdfunding experience, we found incredible value in involving the community early in the process. Early Access gives us the ability to receive and implement community feedback in a way that helps us more nimbly build a better game. Grounded is the type of experience in which community feedback will be critical, and Early Access will enable that feedback loop from the very beginning.”
Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?
“We want to make the best experience possible and putting an exact timeline on an early-in-development game is very challenging. That said, we also want to be transparent with our community, so we will give you our best guess with the understanding that these plans may change. The current target for Grounded’s full release is sometime in 2021 .”
How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?
“There is a ton of great content we want to deliver with Grounded, but more importantly some of the ideas and features may change dramatically based on the feedback we receive from the community. Our current plan for the full release is to have the following features:
• Complete storyline
• Steam Achievements and Cards
• More bugs! The insect kind.
• More environments and biomes
• More crafting recipes
• Additional features and updated systems to improve the entire experience
Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?
“We greatly appreciate the willingness of our community to support and engage with the development of Grounded. Therefore, early supporters will receive a benefit since we will gradually increase the price of Grounded in early access as we add more content and features.”
How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?
“We want to create as many opportunities as possible for our community to engage with us and provide feedback. Whether it is our development blog, discord server, or monthly dev diaries, we will be listening, discussing, and incorporating your feedback from start to finish.”