Xbox announced today (31) that Palworld became the biggest third-party game launch in Game Pass history. “Pokémon with weapons” was also the most played on xCloud on launch day (January 19) in the service's history.
The game has been an absolute success, reaching more than 7 million players around the world and a peak of almost 3 million daily active users on Xbox.
“The fan response has been huge and it’s incredible millions of players around the world are having fun with Palworld. This is just the beginning for us and Palworld and the feedback we are collecting while the game is in Game Preview will allow us to continue to improve the Pal Tamers experience on all platforms,” said Takuro Mizobe, CEO of developer Pocketpair, in an interview with Xbox Wire.
The Palworld game has been played by more than 7 million people on PC and Xbox since January 19th (Image: Disclosure/Xbox)
The title is being refined before the release of version 1.0 and the new patch should introduce improvements such as cross-play. According to Mizobe, Pocketpair is listening to fan feedback.
Xbox said it is supporting developers by providing dedicated servers, offering engineering resources to help with GPU and memory optimization, and accelerating the process for making software updates available. Palworld.
Controversies with Nintendo
Palworld became one of the main (if not the main) releases in the gaming world at the beginning of the year. Players liked the proposal to mix elements of monster capture, battles, survival, exploration, construction and more.
In Brazil, the game went viral because of the “Pals”, which are creatures that look like Pokémon. The Brazilian public took advantage of the monsters' names to create dozens of jokes and puns.
One person who wasn't too happy with Palworld's success was the Pokémon Company. The company even released a statement saying that it will investigate accusations of plagiarism and intellectual property theft, as some Pals aesthetically resemble pocket monsters from the Pikachu universe.
“We received many inquiries about a game from another company released in January 2024. We did not give any permission to use Pokémon elements or intellectual property in that game,” the company said.