Last week, video game developer Pocket Pair released a game that was an instant success. This game, known as Palworld, sold an impressive 6 million copies in a mere four days.
With more than 1.5 million active users on the PC gaming platform Steam, it also shattered a variety of sales milestones and active player count records. It has a higher active player count than any other Steam game except “Counter-Strike 2” and “PUBG: Battlegrounds.”
But these are not the only reasons why Palworld is the talk of the town. This creature-collection game set in an open world is in controversy since fans think that the game is a rip-off of Nintendo’s Pokémon Go. Following the allegations, Nintendo released a statement saying, “We intend to investigate and take appropriate measures to address any acts that infringe on intellectual property rights related to the Pokémon.”
When Pokémon Go was released in 2016, it took the world by storm. Everyone, from children to working adults, gamers and non-gamers alike, was captivated by this mobile game. The streets were filled with people, their eyes glued to their smartphones, as they searched for Pokémon in real-world locations. Though augmented reality (AR) games have existed for a long time, Pokémon Go was the first to popularize them and bring them to the mainstream game market.
While it is true that both Palworld and Pokémon revolve around the concept of collecting creatures, Palworld takes this idea in a bold new direction by incorporating survival elements and a more mature approach. This unique blend sets it apart from the classic Pokémon game that we all know and love.
This article will explore the key differences between these two games, delving into different aspects such as multiplayer experiences, character depth, graphics, storytelling, crafting mechanics, exploration, open-world structure, combat dynamics, and the range of creature types. let’s begin.
Pokémon Go vs Palworld
If there is one area where Palworld truly shines compared to Pokémon Go, it is in the domain of multiplayer interactions. Multiplayer playing mode is one of the most enticing aspects that gamers look for in a video game. And Pokémon always had issues with its multiplayer or coop mode. Even in its early access state, Palworld has already surpassed Pokémon Go’s limited multiplayer experience by leaps and bounds. With the ability to host co-op or dedicated servers, Palworld offers players the chance to collaborate or compete in a more immersive and engaging gaming experience.
Palworld makes up for its substandard characters with its superior graphics, benefiting from its availability on the PC platform and utilization of Unreal Engine 5. This visual advantage makes it a more polished and aesthetically appealing game compared to recent Pokémon titles, which have struggled with graphical limitations on the Nintendo Switch.
When it comes to character depth, Pokémon Go has a clear historical advantage. The franchise has crafted NPCs (non-playable characters) that have left a lasting impact on fans through compelling growth arcs, heartfelt stories, and a diverse range of personalities. Palworld, on the other hand, tends to keep its NPC humans and bosses relatively simple, primarily serving as traders or enemy factions without significant personality development.
When it comes to storytelling, Pokémon Go has outshoned Palworld in this regard. While Palworld currently lacks a structured narrative, offering only scattered journal pages that provide snippets of information, Pokémon Go has excelled in crafting interesting and entertaining stories. Each new generation of Pokémon introduces a new region, characters, and plot, captivating players with engaging narratives and memorable moments.
Gameplay Crafting Mechanics
Palworld takes the lead in terms of crafting mechanics. Pokémon Go incorporates light crafting elements in recent generations, whereas Palworld offers a much deeper and more complex crafting system that is essential for survival within the game. Players can create a wide range of tools, armor, and quality-of-life items that can even be used to automate certain processes, allowing for more time to be spent exploring and enjoying the game.
Exploration is a key element in both games, but Pokémon Go offers a more rewarding experience in this area. Though Palworld boasts an open world with expansive land to explore, the rewards for exploration are often limited to bosses and captured creatures. On the other hand, Pokémon packs its limited map area with surprises, rare items, and Pokémon that can only be discovered by solving puzzles or thoroughly exploring every nook and cranny.
There are ongoing jokes that Palworld is just Pokémon with guns. While Palworld may equip its ‘Pals’ with a whole arsenal, its combat dynamics are not as good as Pokémon Go’s. Palworld sets itself apart in the ability to fight alongside creatures, however, Pokémon Go emerges as the clear winner when it comes to combat depth and strategy. Pokémon Go battles feature a complex system of type effectiveness, status effect moves, and unique items that require careful planning and strategic decision-making. Palworld’s battles, while physically engaging, lack the same level of strategic depth. While players can use weapons and dodge attacks, the combat system ultimately falls short.
When it comes to creature types, Pokémon Go outshines its newest competitor. Compared to Pokémon Go’s nineteen Pokémon types, Palworld only has nine types of Pals. As a result, it is difficult to create diverse team comps in Palworld. This limitation could impact the overall team-building strategies and depth of gameplay in Palworld, making it less engaging for players.
If we look at the eight differences between Pokémon Go and Palworld listed above, Pokémon Go emerges as the clear winner. However, Palworld is currently in its early development stages and has the potential to improve. Moreover, its record-breaking success may inspire Niantic to improve Pokémon Go as well.
There are allegations ongoing that Palworld is a copy of Nintendo’s Pokemon Go. Nothing has been confirmed at this time, but the similarities between the two games have raised questions among players and critics alike.
Nintendo released a statement saying that they would investigate actions that infringe on intellectual property rights related to Pokémon. However, the statement does not officially mention Palworld or Pocket Pair, Inc.