- Grounded gets the Super Duper update today, available for free.
- The update brings over 100 new craftable items, new creatures, a Base Coziness feature, and more.
- Grounded is now Steam Deck Verified, and a free Steam weekend begins later this month.
The Grounded team is excited to bring update 1.2 to the community today. Rightfully titled the Super Duper update, this massive update brings with it many quality-of-life changes, more than 100 new items to craft, a brand new Base Coziness feature, and the terrifying new wasps.
Starting off with the titular item of the update, players will find the Super Duper machine the next time they visit BURG.L in the Oak Tree Lab. This duplication machine will allow players to duplicate specific equipment and items using Raw Science.
Making this even more helpful for players, any item duplicated will include all of the item’s upgrades, which is sure to help save a lot of time when you and your friends need to gear up quickly to go back to adventuring. To use the Super Duper machine, players must locate Duper Discs throughout the yard, granting the player the ability to duplicate different items. Happy hunting!
For players who have wanted to really spruce up their bases and make a new home in the backyard, a Base Coziness system has been added where buildings, furniture, and decorations now add to the coziness level of your base. Unlocking levels of coziness will also unlock specific decorative building recipes, a beneficial mutation for base building, and even new emotes that can only be unlocked by building up the coziness in your base.
To help players out with their bases and to start working on gaining those coziness levels, this update also brings with it close to 100 new crafting items for you and your friends to utilize to make the base of your dreams. The community has already shown a talent for creative bases, and we are super excited to see what new masterpieces you will create with the additional building pieces and furniture.
That’s just some of what’s on offer, as players will now get to meet a new friend to help them with all of their base building plans. Meet the ‘Handy Gnat,’ which you can summon and then use to bring all your base ideas to reality. This gnat will be able to build using planks, stems, and other resources from your stockpiles. This feature will default to be active in the Creative and Creative with Bugs game modes. To activate this new friend in Survival game modes, players must convert their games into Custom games in the Game Settings menu, which is a small step to take for such a fantastic resource (and friend) to use!
Turrets have been changed, and we have combined the Pebblet Turret and the Pollen Turret to make the Acorn Turret. This turret uses different ammo types depending on the foe players are fighting. For example, Rocky Rounds can push creatures back, while Sappy Rounds are the perfect ammo to use when you need to slow your enemies down. There are five different types of ammo you can use, and all the ammo can be stored in a chest next to the turret so players can swap between ammo without ever leaving the turret seat.
Get ready to buzz with excitement as wasps invade the yard. Battle with wasps and drones that guard their mini hives across the upper yard. Keep your eyes peeled for the hidden main nest as well. A word of caution: piss off their kin and you’ll release the full fury of the hive. And those players looking for a more significant challenge can attempt to locate the Wasp Nest and meet the Wasp Queen, the newest creature boss, to enter the backyard! Players who successfully defeat these wasps will unlock new items to craft, such as a new armor set and a new trinket to wear.
Players on the go are about to get a pleasant surprise as the team has been able to get Grounded on the official Steam Deck support list. That’s right! Those on Team Steam Deck can now fully enjoy Grounded wherever they are. That’s not all: starting April 27, Grounded will be hosting a free weekend on Steam through May 1. This will be the best time to get your friends into the game with you and show them the fantastical world you have built. And as always, Grounded is included in Xbox Game Pass, so if you have an active subscription, you can download and start playing Grounded today.
Grounded is available now on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows 10/11, and Steam for $39.99. It’s also available with Xbox Game Pass, PC Game Pass and Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta). To learn more about Grounded and for full details on the Super Duper update, check out the latest Developer Vlogs on the Obsidian YouTube Channel or visit the official website.
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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 cooperative survival-adventure. Can you thrive alongside the hordes of giant insects, fighting to survive the perils of the backyard?
Uncover the mysteries while playing through the story!
How did you wind up so small? Who did this to you? How do you go home? These are all answers you will uncover as you play through the story.
Solo or with friends – anytime!
You can face the backyard alone or together, online, with up to three friends. Not only that, but with the Shared Worlds feature, you can continue to play in your shared world even if the original host is not on, with all your progression saving!
Nowhere is safe – not even your base.
Creatures can be found roaming the yard in a multitude of environments, such as the depths of the pond, the caverns of the termite den, and even the sweltering heat found in the sandbox. You can even attract them to different places in the yard by activating the MIX.R devices. However, the more you interfere with the creatures in the yard, the higher the chance that they come knocking at your own door, so you better prepare.
Play true to your playstyle!
Use the in-game customization systems such as Mutations and Milk Molars to activate the bonuses and perks you want for your character. Not only that, but craft and upgrade your armor and weapons to give your character the stats and advantages you need in order to take on the perils of the backyard.
It’s time to go big, or never go home!