Obsidian Entertainment’s Honey I Shrunk The Kids-inspired survival game, Grounded, drew in over 1 million players in the first two days following release on Xbox Game Preview and Steam Early Access.
In a statement sharing the news, Obsidian noted that the 13-person strong team behind Grounded were ‘absolutely blown away’ by the interest. Obsidian explains regular content updates are on the way to continue fleshing out Grounded’s game world:
“With so many of you interested in our game, we can’t wait to bring you more to do in Grounded every month. As we look forward to building Grounded together, we want to let you know that this journey is just the start of the adventure and we will be making continued updates and fixes to ensure the best player experience possible. Also, starting August 27, we will begin our monthly delivery of game updates.”
Grounded continues to sit firmly on top of the Steam Global Top Sellers, followed by Fall Guys, Microsoft Flight Simulator, and Horizon Zero Dawn. The survival title currently boasts a ‘Very Positive’ rating based on over 3,000 user reviews. Over on Twitch, Grounded sits comfortably in the top twenty most-watched games, rising intermittently to the top five as various high profile streamers jumped in to sample the game over the weekend.
Grounded is currently available on Xbox Game Preview for $29.99/£24.99 and on Steam Early Access priced at $29.99/£24.99. As it stands, Grounded is still penciled in for a full release sometime in 2021.
Here’s the official promotional blurb for those out of the loop:
”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 first-person, multiplayer, survival-adventure. Can you thrive alongside the hordes of giant insects, fighting to survive the perils of the backyard? Explore this immersive and persistent world, where the insect life reacts to your actions. Shelter and tools are critical to your survival. Build epic bases to protect you and your stuff from the insects and the elements. Craft weapons, tools, and armor, allowing you to better fight, explore and survive. You can face the backyard alone or together, online, with up to three friends – the choice is yours. Uncover the secrets lurking in the shadows of Grounded as you freely explore the backyard and progress through its mysterious story. ”
We’ve seen back catalog titles like Sea of Thieves and Halo: Master Chief Collection do well on Steam, but this is a great example of a new release from Microsoft doing well out of the gate on Steam. Combined with Game Pass across PC and Xbox, Microsoft is in a pretty strong position to be able to generate a lot of attention for their games across multiple platforms and business models.