- Obsidian announced a new IP at XO19 called Grounded.
- Grounded is a survival game set in the real world from a tiny perspective.
- The game seems to have strong theming and should be a boon for Game Pass.
Obsidian is a really good game developer. The company produced one of the best modern Fallout games under immense pressure. Then they proved they could do it even better under their own steam. Now they seem intent on breathing some life into the survival genre with Grounded, their latest IP announced at XO19.
Grounded is a cross between “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” and Rust. It blends your standard survival mechanics with being so tiny that an ant is a giant monster for you to battle to the death. It’s basically the perfect game (hyperbole alert) and is probably going to make survival games great again.
Why Grounded Is So Brilliant
Just looking at the trailer it’s easy to tell that Obsidian knew what they were doing. One of the first things to appear on screen is the phrase ‘From Obsidian Entertainment…A Survival Game.’ That’s about as direct as you can get with your marketing.
Clearly, Obsidian knows that this genre has been a little over-saturated. Minecraft sort of broke open a floodgate and sent a tidal wave of survival games crashing down on us. Since that time, one thing that survival games seem to have been missing is strong theming and personality.
While the trailer is really too short to get a sense of personality, the theming is certainly noticeable. One of the easiest ways to make an interesting theme is to set the game in the real world but from a dramatically different perspective. It’s been a while since we’ve got the chance to be a tiny-thing in a human-sized world, at least at a triple-A level of quality.
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