Grounded September Update Adds Ziplines, Halloween-Themed Content, More

Grounded September Update Adds Ziplines, Halloween-Themed Content, More - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 October 2020 / 983 Views

Publisher Microsoft and developer Obsidian Entertainment have released the September update for the survival game, Grounded.

View a trailer of the update below:

read the patch notes below:

New Features:

  • The Hedge has been revamped with new content
  • New Building: Zip-lines
  • New Building: Spinning Wheel
  • New Building: Signs
  • New World Landmark: Frankenline
  • Halloween Additions: Jack-o-Lantern landmark, Candy Corn food item
  • Localization for French, German, Spanish, and Italian (more to come at a later date)
  • New spider webs that stick to unsuspecting players and critters

Changes/Game Tuning:

Engine

  • UE4 Version Upgrade

Combat

  • Ant Soldiers have a set of new attacks
  • Ant Soldiers now deal more damage with their attacks
  • TAYZ.Ts now deal much more damage with their attacks
  • Most armors now block more damage
  • All weapons have had their damage, stamina cost, and durability adjusted to fit a stricter Tier-based curve
  • Bombardier Beetle burning hazards and Stink Bug gas hazards are now much deadlier
  • Bombardier Beetle attacks deal less initial damage (end result should be about the same combined with hazard damage change)
  • Fresh Defense perk now blocks twice as much gas and burning damage
  • Reliable Friend perk now boosts revive speed by roughly double the amount
  • Trying out new combat AI to reduce the effectiveness of circle-strafing

Interface

  • Processing buildings such as the Campfire now show the progress of each item in the interface, and allow items to be canceled
  • The Recycle Building interface now shows how many structures will collapse if the target building is Recycled
  • Contextual slurping text informs you what liquid you're going to taste
  • Additional icon art
  • The Interact UI will no longer briefly appear enabled when looking at a disabled interaction
  • Clearer labeling of game modes/type in save/load UIs
  • Game no longer asks to overwrite a save if you are not able to currently save the game

World

  • New perks to discover and unlock
  • New SCA.B color themes to discover and unlock
  • Stumps left behind no longer prevent foliage from respawning
  • Grass will not respawn if the stump is removed
  • Ants now have a desire to take back their stolen eggs
  • Ant eggs can now hatch even after being moved by the player (but not while in an inventory)
  • Ant eggs no longer stack in the inventory
  • Larva wander range is now much smaller during the day
  • Mushrooms in the world now take much longer to grow back
  • Meats now take much longer to spoil
  • SCA.Bs that have been moved since prior patches will reflect those moves in older saves
  • Mint chunks in the Mint container should no longer spawn on top of the container
  • Juice boxes stop spawning juice if a droplet spawned by them is still sitting in the world
  • Removed the Broodmother from the hedge (for now...)
  • Added Harvest VFX to Hedgeberry

Buildings

  • Structural buildings are now fully allowed to overlap with any static environment object
  • Blueprint buildings in the air cannot be completed unless a supporting building has been completed. This prevents situations where large structures would collapse because they were technically unsupported
  • Buildings can no longer be built inside of tables
  • Buildings can be placed more easily on the pond flagstones now
  • Mushroom Garden spawn timer will now start when the building is built instead of when it is placed
  • Smoke from torches, wall sconces, and campfires should now rarely penetrate floors/ceilings
  • Plank/Log Storage deposit sound effects now play on clients
  • The player will no longer play canteen animations when building a Water Container with a canteen in hand
  • Clay foundation now has double the health
  • Pebblet foundation now has less health, but still more than clay

Crafting

  • Most recipes that require spiderweb have been refactored to use a processed spider web obtainable via the new Spinning Wheel instead

Performance

  • Improved CPU performance of large bases and structures

Other

  • Additional water caustic effects
  • Bird feathers now float in water
  • Weed stems now float in water
  • The "Drop" control can now be rebound
  • The "Swim Up" and "Swim Down" control bindings are allowed to overlap with other controls that cannot be used while swimming

Bug Fixes - All Platforms

Top Community Issues

  • Free buildings attached to player-built structures will no longer become out-of-position for clients
  • The game will no longer crash in some specific cases when demolishing a plank or log storage building
  • Ants will no longer spawn in excessively large quantities

Game

  • Alchemist BURG.L Quests will complete when accepted if the player has already analyzed the target item
  • Kill based perks now only track kills on enemies
  • Fixed issue with encounters not respawning creatures if they fell through the world in a prior save
  • Hiding Interact prompt "E" or "X" when looking at a Locked / Stuck door

Items/Equipment/Resources

  • Berry Chunks will no longer inflate themselves when subjected to a strong impact while lying on the ground
  • Traps can no longer be triggered for a few seconds after destruction
  • Traps can no longer be triggered by the 3rd-person camera
  • Tropicop juice droplets should now correctly spawn from the straw of the juice box instead of from the base
  • Bombardier Head Trophy should now be much easier to place

World

  • Building ingredients will no longer remaining floating in the air when large structures collapse while no player is nearby
  • Got rid of a small bump in collision while walking up and down player built stairs
  • Bombardier Beetle now plays a sleep animation while sleeping instead of playing the stunned animation

UI

  • Various camera animation adjustments were made to reduce the camera clipping into objects and the player's body
  • Hiding Interact prompt "E" or "X" when looking at a Locked / Stuck door

Audio

  • Buildings no longer create noise events immediately after loading a saved game
  • Chatter audio is now attached to the player character and should sound better when moving

Ominent Practical Technologies

  • Removed [REDACTED]
  • Added [REDACTED]

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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