Palworld is the sensation of 2024: More Than Just Pokémon with Guns

Palworld has taken the gaming world by storm, carving its niche as the ultimate survival adventure game. This sensation, described as “Pokémon with guns,” has not only surpassed sales records by selling over 8 million copies but also sparked widespread curiosity and debate. At first glance, Palworld mirrors the beloved Pokémon universe with its cartoonish creatures, known as Pals, embarking on adventures in a fantasy world. However, the twist is unmissable: these Pals are equipped with an arsenal ranging from machine guns to military-grade weaponry.

A Deep Dive into Gameplay

Palworld distinguishes itself not just by its controversial weapon-wielding creatures but also through its intricate gameplay that offers a rich and immersive experience. Unlike the turn-based battles and storyline-driven quests of Pokémon, Palworld plunges players into a survival-centric world where resource gathering and base-building are paramount. The game’s backbone lies in its survival mechanics, where players, as human adventurers, are tasked with gathering materials like wood and stone to construct tools, shelters, and defenses against impending threats (called “raids” in game, as a way of having NPCs attack your settlements where you perform most of the activities while in-game, besides exploring). This emphasis on survival and construction adds a layer of depth and complexity, setting Palworld apart from traditional monster-collection games and aligning it more closely with the genre of survival adventures.

Certain areas of Palworld include these constructions that have yet to be explained in-game

The world of Palworld is not just about survival; it’s also about progression and collaboration. As players delve deeper into the game, they are introduced to a technology tree that evolves rapidly, offering a progression from primitive tools to advanced weaponry: from playing with a picaxe to having a full-fledged assault rifle! The image below shows some of the unlockable items while still on early-to-mid game.

An example of the technology tree in Palworld

Palworld’s gameplay is a testament to the game’s versatility and appeal. With elements that resonate with fans of survival games, creature-collection adventures, and multiplayer experiences, Palworld offers a multifaceted world that caters to a diverse gaming audience. The game’s ability to blend these elements seamlessly, coupled with the intriguing concept of armed creatures, or even the breeding of specific in-game characters using previous Pals as “mother and father”, positions Palworld as a unique and captivating addition to the gaming landscape. As players navigate it, they are participating in a dynamic and evolving universe that continues to unfold and surprise with every new update and development.

Sales, Controversies, and Community Response

Since its release, Palworld has become much more than just another game; it’s a sensation that’s taken 2024 by storm. Selling a remarkable 8 million copies in just three days, the game’s success isn’t only about the numbers. It’s also about the excitement and buzz it’s created online and in gaming communities. Players and influencers alike are sharing their Palworld adventures on social media and streaming platforms, making the game even more popular. This viral trend shows how much people love the game’s unique mix of survival adventure and the quirky world of the Palpagos Islands.


Then there’s the fact that in game you can use guns. Yes, guns! From pistols to assault rifles, the game offers a small but meaningful range of weapons that players can use to defend themselves and the locations their Pals will work at. Some yet-to-be-validated comments found on social media sites such as X state that the creator, Pocketpair, was trying to appeal to a US audience where “guns are the norm”. It definitely adds a new twist to people used to games like Pokémon, where the creatures are the ones doing the fighting – although arguably, your Pals in Palworld will be far, far more powerful than your guns, often leveraging them to deal most of the damage and have your weapons as “battle starters” (unless you’re using the rocket launcher).

But it’s not all smooth sailing for Palworld. The game’s close resemblance to the Pokémon series has sparked some controversy. Some critics argue that Palworld’s creature designs and certain elements of the game are too similar to Pokémon, raising questions about originality. There’s also a debate about the moral side of the game, where creatures, called Pals, are used for work and fighting. Despite these concerns, the makers of Palworld, Pocketpair, assure that the game is legally sound and offers a new twist to the monster-hunting genre. As discussions continue, Palworld remains a hot topic, showcasing how innovative and thought-provoking games often lead to lively conversations in the gaming world.

Future of the game

Palworld’s success is undeniable, and it’s only expected to grow. The game’s developers, Pocketpair, have already announced plans to expand the game’s universe and introduce new features. On the Social media site “X” they shared an early access roadmap that you can see below:

Palworld’s roadmap

Among the things we’ll see soon are:

  • Fixes to critical issues, one of the most complex ones being in-game pathing from Pals, that sometimes get stuck in the environment and can’t move.
  • PvP – dedicated servers already have an option to turn on PvP, but it’s not yet fully implemented.
  • Raid bosses, other than the normal, standard bosses you’ll find in Dungeons or exploring the Map
  • Server transfers and migrations
  • Improvements to the building system
  • New islands, new Pals, new bosses and new “technologies” to unlock

Where to play it and how to get it?

If you’re intrigued by the idea of exploring a world with creature companions and survival challenges, Palworld might just be your next favorite game. It’s currently available as early access on PC and Xbox. This means that while you can dive into the game right now, keep in mind it’s still a work in progress. The developers are actively working on it, fixing bugs and adding new features. This is common for many games today, where players can start playing early versions and watch the game evolve over time.

Xbox and Steam

For PC players, the Early Access version is up for grabs on Steam. Xbox players can get a preview version too from the Xbox Games Store. The game is definitely playable and offers lots of adventures and fun. Whether you’re a solo gamer or someone who loves teaming up with friends, Palworld has options for everyone. You can play on your own or join up with others, in fact, there are currently public servers (both hosted by Pocketpair directly but also by the community) as well as fully private servers that you can host on your own.

If the unique mix of cute creatures armed for battle and the thrill of survival gaming sounds appealing, Palworld is worth checking out. Remember, the game is still growing and improving, so joining now means you can be part of its journey and see all the new things the developers will bring to this exciting world. It’s a chance to be part of a gaming community that’s buzzing with excitement and ideas, all centered around the innovative and engaging world of Palworld.