It’s no secret that Grounded, Obsidian’s yard survival sport, may be very totally different from something the prolific RPG developer has made earlier than — one thing the builders themselves have poked enjoyable at previously. However whereas the microscopic multiplayer journey has seen success in its personal proper, even whereas nonetheless in preview, the upcoming Sizzling and Hazy replace appears poised to present many followers extra of what they may anticipate from Obsidian: a number of stats. With all the things from character stats that allow you to improve your avatar’s skills, to weapon upgrades that improve deadliness, to new armor lessons with gameplay penalties, Grounded will get a complete lot nerdier and RPG-like later this month.
One of many greatest additions Sizzling and Hazy provides is a collectible referred to as Milk Molars, which helps you to improve stats like max well being, max stamina, how shortly your character will get thirsty or hungry, and what number of mutations you may equip directly. Going ahead, not each adventurer would be the similar, with gamers with the ability to improve their avatars in several methods by amassing and spending this new forex. Much more attention-grabbing, you’ll be capable to purchase group upgrades as nicely, which make stronger your entire get together.
Equally, weapon upgrades gives you an opportunity to boost your weapon with elevated harm and sturdiness, and even apply standing results. For instance, in case you gather mint candies and apply them to your weapon, it’ll give it the “recent” standing impact that bestows it with distinctive properties.
Armor has additionally been given an RPG-like rework, and now all armor will probably be categorized as gentle, medium, or heavy, every of which has tradeoffs between stamina and safety, as one million different RPGs have taught you. Sporting gentle armor provides you much less safety in a battle however means that you can regenerate stamina sooner, whereas heavy armor is the other — one more approach for gamers to outline their very own play kinds and occupy totally different roles inside a celebration of gamers.
In fact, there’s no level in having all these new instruments in case you don’t have some new risks to confront them with, and the Sizzling and Hazy replace provides 4 new environments, together with the brand new Sandbox Desert biome, and an improve to an current one: The Haze.
The Sandbox Desert is a huge sandbox within the yard the place publicity to direct daylight applies a brand new Scorching impact on you that begins to kill you over time, forcing you to sprint between sources of shade earlier than you get burned to a crisp. Out within the desert you’ll discover new enemies to battle, buried treasure to uncover, and different secrets and techniques which may make the scorching trek value your time.
However, there’s The Haze, which has been revamped to be greater than only a bleak patch of toxic smog. Now you’ll discover creepy mushrooms that explode, new enemies, and even a secret lab to be explored and plundered. However traversing this extremely poisonous space will imply gearing up with appropriate tools, like a gasoline masks, to make the hostile zone semi-habitable.
In our early entry evaluate final yr, we preferred Grounded’s survival RPG core, however lamented its lack of significant content material. So it’s actually superior to see Obsidian doubling down on the RPG parts with the Sizzling and Hazy Replace, which seems so as to add precisely what the sport wanted. I’m excited to leap in and begin min-maxing my character when the replace hits later this month.