Everyone’s talking about Palworld, developer Pocketpair’s open-world survival creature-collector that came out in early access on January 18. From the AI allegations to the Pokémon comparisons, this game has become 2024’s first gaming phenomenon. And now, we have some eye-popping data to back that up, as Palworld has reportedly sold over seven million copies on Steam in just five freakin’ days.
While impressive, these sales figures pale in comparison to Nintendo’s monster collectors. The company revealed in September 2023 that the 2019 Pokémon games, Sword and Shield, sold 26.02 million copies, while 2022's Scarlet and Violet sold 23.23 million units. This isn’t to say that Palworld can’t overtake either of these games, but the road ahead is long.
Speaking of roads, Pocketpair also outlined the planned roadmap for Palworld on January 24. The team is currently eyeing a bunch of updates for the game, which includes PvP and cross-platform play. It’s hard to compete with Pokémon’s longevity, but Palworld could have a longer shelf life than expected if these updates drop in a timely fashion.
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