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Obsidian announces Grounded, a cross between Fortnite and The Borrowers

Xbox Game Studios and Obsidian Entertainment announce Grounded at the X019 event in London.



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Xbox Game Studios and Obsidian Entertainment announce Grounded at the X019 event in London.

At the X019 event in London, Xbox’s fan event in the UK, the build-up promised two new game announcements, in addition to the opportunity to go hands-on with upcoming Xbox One releases.

One of those games is Grounded, a co-op, first-person survival game developed by Obsidian Entertainment. It features crafting, building, and cartoon graphics, so the obvious Fortnite comparisons are apt. That’s the original (and far less desirable) Fortnite: Save the World, however, not the popularity machine that is Fortnite Battle Royale.


Like Ant-Man, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, and classic BBC drama The Borrowers, Grounded features a group of protagonists shrunk down to a few inches tall. From there, usually mundane features – like long grass, spiderwebs and insects – are, relatively speaking, giant-sized. This presents the core of the gameplay challenge, as players battle giant bugs in underground caves like a kiddy version of Skyrim.

It’s quite a departure for Obsidian, a studio that spends most of its time working on RPGs like Tyranny, Pillars of Eternity, Fallout: New Vegas, and recent smash – the absolutely-not-Fallout-in-space – The Outer Worlds.

“Grounded is a true passion project for the team. We pride ourselves as being a creative studio and can’t wait to bring our expertise to the survival genre.” – Feargus Urquhart, CEO, Obsidian Entertainment

Grounded will be available “digitally” in 2020 for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, with Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Preview. Don’t expect to see a boxed, retail version of this one then. (Well, unless they plan to sell microtransaction currency in jewel cases to unsuspecting grandparents, like Fortnite.)

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