- Pocketpair is currently hiring more staff to maintain the development of the hugely successful Palworld, which has surpassed Pokemon’s latest release in sales.
- The studio is facing challenges with the multiplayer aspect of Palworld, despite receiving server support from Microsoft.
- Pocketpair tweeted that they are recruiting for all positions, with a particular need for planners and engineers, and applicants are not required to have knowledge of development engines – though Unreal 5 experience would likely still be useful.
Pocketpair has acknowledged that it is short on staff, and is currently hiring to maintain the development of the virally successful Palworld. Palworld was released on Steam and Xbox early access on January 19, where it suddenly became a sensation almost overnight. This success even saw it outpacing Pokemon‘s latest release, Scarlet and Violet, in sales. Despite the controversies that Palworld has garnered since its launch, it has proven to be a monumental success for the small studio.
Maintaining Palworld‘s development is already proving itself to be a costly endeavor. While Microsoft has provided Pocketpair with dedicated servers and assistance with optimization, Palworld still regularly runs into issues with its multiplayer. While Palworld‘s expensive server costs can be handled with the amount of money the game brings in, Pocketpair has admitted that the amount of staff it has currently isn’t high enough for such a popular game.
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This staffing concern was addressed in a recent tweet from Palworld‘s official account. According to a rough machine translation, there are many things the developers want to do in Palworld, but the studio is severely lacking in personnel to get it done. The tweet says Pocketpair is recruiting for all positions, with the most wanted ones being for planners and engineers. Pocketpair also states that it doesn’t matter what engine experience interested developers have either, so as long as the prospective employee is eager about working on the game, they should apply.
What Positions is Palworld Hiring For?
Given Palworld‘s viral popularity, this call for more staff isn’t likely to be surprising. Palworld has at least three different gameplay loops, which include monster battling, farming, and base building, all of which require different fields of knowledge. On top of that, nearly hundreds of thousands of players are online all-at-once to tackle any of the game’s challenges, and it would be a daunting task for a small studio to manage all of this in the long-term. More staff can also go a long way to keeping the game alive and thriving.
While the tweet says that “it doesn’t matter” what kind of engine experience potential hires have, it’s likely a benefit if the applicant has some knowledge of Unreal Engine 5, the one that Palworld uses. While the studio is located in Japan, Pocketpair has 70% of its employees working overseas. There is also an English language version of Pocketpair’s website for those who are thinking about applying to the company from across the world. While Palworld isn’t in any immediate trouble, the lack of staff to help maintain the game could lead to potential problems for Pocketpair down the line.
Pocket Pair’s Palworld is a creature-collection game set in an open-world. Entering early access on January 19, 2024, the project blends survival, building, farming, monster breeding, and shooter elements.
- January 19, 2024
- Pocket Pair, Inc.
- Pocket Pair, Inc.
- Unreal Engine 5
- T For Teen Due To Violence