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Grounded’s latest update adds faction reactivity and horde-style bug invasions

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Grounded, developer Obsidian’s garden survival adventure, has just released another update on the road to its 1.0 release later this year, introducing what looks like some sort of on-demand horde mode for players. wishing to cultivate and fight particular enemies.

As explained in a new developer video, the idea behind Grounded’s Bugs Strike Back update is to introduce – in “true Obsidian fashion” – faction responsiveness. Essentially, the more players disturb specific bug types in their quest for new materials – whether by killing them outright or simply invading their territory – the more likely those creatures will be to storm player bases in an attempt to revenge.

While this happens automatically during gameplay, those looking for a more on-demand experience can take advantage of two additional features. There’s the new Waft Emitter device that allows players to summon location-specific bug types for wave-based mayhem by blocking parts stolen from their downed brethren. The more coins used, the more intense the ensuing battle will be, so players are advised to proceed with caution.

Grounded Developer Vlog 17 – The Bugs Strike Back Update.
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The latest Grounded update also adds new MIX.Rs to the yard that reward a significant amount of Raw Science for use with Wendell’s experiments. However, this can only be accessed by sending the devices into overdrive first, which will immediately start drawing bugs to the players position – and they will have to stave off the attack long enough to secure their prize.

To increase new gameplay options and give players a fighting chance against incoming hordes, Obsidian has introduced the ability to upgrade armor to add permanent buffs, as well as a range of new offensive and defensive gear, such as than the mine-like Explosive Burr. Traps, as well as Pebble Turrets and Pollen Turrets. Players can also now “spy” on bugs to get collectible creature cards highlighting specific bug strengths and weaknesses, and keeping track of how many bugs they’ve killed.

Grounded’s latest update – which also includes a variety of quality of life additions – is available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC today. It marks the next step in the survival game’s nearly two-year early access journey, with the full game due out later this year.

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