Grounded's Next Update Adds an Intimidating Koi Fish to the Pond

Grounded's Next Update Adds an Intimidating Koi Fish to the Pond

Also, underwater spiders. Spiders that can swim. Water spiders.

Obsidian's shrunken-down survival game Grounded is getting one of its biggest updates yet next month. This time around, its tiny survivors will be headed deep down into the murky abyss of the Yard's Koi Pond.

The Pond is getting an update in November to make it a much livelier, potentially more lethal lake to explore. One major change is the Koi Fish, a massive one-eyed fish that wouldn't normally be intimidating, unless you were the size of a Mike and Ike.

Alongside this looming beast, there are tadpoles, water boatmen, and the dastardly diving bell. Yes, there are spiders that can go underwater. I know this, and now you have to know it too.

"Oh look, some new pond pals! Let's say h- NO NO NO NO" | Obsidian Entertainment

Of course, there are rewards deep below the water's surface, with secrets hiding deep at the bottom of the pond and new resources to acquire. To get at those resources, you'll be crafting new equipment like flippers, a diving mask, rebreather, and underwater-focused weapons. Bows don't really work underwater, it seems.

Some new base building options will be available too, to make your lakefront property all the more hospitable. With this update, it really seems like the Pond is becoming more of a vibrant area, which carries just as much opportunity and risk for anyone who ventures into it.

Grounded went live earlier this year, and our impressions at launch were that it's off to a good start. If other long-running Xbox Game Studios games like Sea of Thieves are any indication, there's plenty of room for it to keep growing too.

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