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Obsidian’s Grounded Will Have a Mode For Arachnophobic Players

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Obsidian Entertainment's new game Grounded puts players into the shoes of a child who is shrunken down and placed into the backyard full of peril. Going by the story trailer, spiders played a huge role of the upcoming survival adventure game. This put off players who were eager to play the game but were deathly afraid of spiders. But Obsidian went to Twitter to assuage players who were afraid of spiders that they were implementing an “arachnophobia mode.”


It is not clear what this mode will entail and what it will be implemented. Though they may just remove the eight-legged monstrosities all together. Speaking with Kotaku, director Adam Brennecke mentioned the game would have a delicate and  complex ecosystem where players can weaken or even wipe out an entire species.

“You can go through and wipe out an ant colony,” director Adam Brennecke told Kotaku. “Each ant colony is its own AI system, which is cool. Each ant colony will send out ants to food sources, and they communicate with each other through pheromones. But they’re each on their own faction or team. So some ant colonies can rise to dominance and some will die out.”

The Outer World‘s developer first announced the project at Microsoft's XO conference in London, and will be their first outing under the Microsoft Games Studio umbrella. Grounded will be releasing in Spring 2020 for Xbox One and PC (as well as a part of Xbox Game Pass). The four-player survival game will take place entirely in the backyard as players take the role of child shrunken down to the size of an ant by a science experiment, akin to the 80's classic movie, Honey I Shrunk The Kids. Players will have to survive against ants and other insects that are roughly their size as they craft items and build bases from everyday items.,f_auto,fl_progressive,q_80,w_1600/fvmf1tromtvzdnjopmhq.png

This is a great departure from their usual narrative-heavy RPGs such as Fallout: New Vegas, The Outer Worlds, and Pillars of Eternity. Obsidian has mentioned alongside the four-person multiplayer there will be a single-player campaign. Grounded will be available for Steam Early Access and Xbox Game Pass on July 28.


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