Grounded got its big Koi Pond update adding a new pond biome, an aggressive killer Koi and rather unpleasant-sounding diving bell spiders. In addition to Koi boss enemy and spiders, there are also tadpoles and water boatsmen.
“Like everything in Grounded, The Koi Pond is a work in progress, and we want to incorporate your feedback to make it the best it can be,” Obsidian writes in its update post. “This is just the start of the development of this area, and our team is already hard at work adding more into the pond. It includes a large revamp of the lab in the depths which will add more content and variety of gameplay.”
There are many tweaks and fixes in this update. Thanks to HDR support, “the player now breathes through their face”. Explosive damage can no longer be blocked, bows have been buffed, and poison is hectic now. It deals 50 percent more damage than it used to.
New Patch Every Month
Grounded now has five million players, so Obsidian also hinted at what’s to come. While it will still receive patches every month, “larger content releases” will now be more spread out and more substantial. The Koi Pond biome will be in ongoing development (the game is still in Early Access). It will focus adding to the Haze and Sandbox areas.
“Once we feel all the content is in a good place, the next step is a story, quest, and content pass over all the existing labs. The goal is to unify the experience. You add quest connective tissue and a satisfying payoff for completing each lab. In an upcoming story update, you will be able to complete this quest, which will tie into what we are calling the first story chapter of Grounded.”. Stay tuned, enjoy.