Palworld has been a massive hit after launching this month, as the Pokemon-inspired crafting game has now sold over 7 million copies so far. What makes this figure even more impressive is that it was achieved in just five days and only on PC, as Microsoft has yet to reveal Palworld sales figures–or Game Pass download numbers–on Xbox Series X|S, but developer Pocketpair isn’t resting on its laurels.
Palworld has sold 7 million copies in 5 days on Steam alone.
(I have confirmed with Pocketpair this is a Steam only number, not including Xbox sales or GamePass.)
That translates into approximately $189 million USD in Steam sales in 5 days. pic.twitter.com/eTyhdbRAr6
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) January 24, 2024
The studio has revealed its roadmap for Palworld, and players can look forward to some PvP in an arena mode, the ability to trade Pals with other players across the world, and “major” building system updates. Pocketpair CEO Takuro Mizobe explained this week that adding PvP would be quite challenging, as the studio is well aware of the high bar set by its competitors.
[The Future of Palworld]
We would like to share with you our roadmap for Palworld.
Sales have far exceeded the development team’s expectations, and we are currently experiencing many problems due to excessive access congestion, among other challenges.
We will prioritize… pic.twitter.com/UKD2HFRaG4
— Palworld (@Palworld_EN) January 24, 2024
“PvP is really difficult. First of all, we need to think about why we are introducing PvP to Palworld. To begin with, there are many other games that offer a fun PvP experience, so we need to make sure that there is a reason for Palworld players to play PvP,” Mizobe said. “Of course, using Pals you caught in battle is one unique point, but only games that give players a good reason to play can survive in the long term. In this sense, I think it’s a very harsh territory.”
Pocketpair also plans to add raid bosses, cross-play functionality, new Pals, and more gameplay elements to hone the survival elements of Palworld further.
Despite its big launch, Palworld has also attracted controversy as the game has been accused of asset theft and modders have run into the long arm of Nintendo’s copyright enforcement. If you’re playing the game and looking for a few advantages, you can check out GameSpot’s constantly evolving Palworld guides hub for tips and tricks.