The development team of Palworld, a game created by Japanese developer Pocket Pair, has released an update for the Xbox and Microsoft Store PC versions. The update is labeled v0.1.1.2 and focuses on enhancing the game’s stability. The team has addressed issues that were negatively impacting the overall gameplay experience. They have also reiterated their commitment to prioritizing and resolving major issues. Additionally, the team expressed gratitude for the ongoing support from the Palworld community.
Palworld is an innovative blend of action-adventure, survival, and monster-taming genres. It is set in a rich open world that is populated with unique animal-like creatures known as “Pals.” Players can engage in battles with these creatures, capture them, and use them for various purposes such as base building, traversal, and combat. The game offers both solo and online multiplayer options. Up to 32 players can play on a single server. Palworld made its debut through early access on Windows, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S in January 2024. The game has gained notoriety and attention for its unique and comedic premise, which is often humorously referred to as “Pokémon with guns.”
Palworld allows players to arm their Pals with firearms. It includes other notable elements like using the creatures for labor in mines and factories or as food sources. This distinctive approach has garnered Palworld a mix of praise and criticism. While it has been lauded for its engaging gameplay, content, and satirical premise, the game has also faced criticism for its reliance on shock humor and accusations of unoriginal design and mechanics. Additionally, Palworld has been subject to controversy following allegations of plagiarism of Pokémon game assets on social media platforms.
Despite these criticisms, Palworld’s popularity is evident in its sales and player count. Within the first six days of its early access release, the game sold an impressive eight million units. Furthermore, it achieved over two million concurrent players on Steam, securing its position as the second-highest-played game on the platform at the time.