Palworld crosses 25 million players on PC and Xbox, 15 million copies sold on Steam

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Palworld, the action-adventure survival title that broke records for the number of players on Steam at launch, has sold 15 million copies on Valve's platform. Developers PocketPlayer announced Thursday that the game's total player count has surpassed 25 million, including 15 million on Steam and 10 million on Xbox. Since its release last month, Palworld has become a phenomenon, becoming one of the most played games in Steam history, even sparking literary criticism over its Pokémon-style in-game creatures. There are also stealth charges that players can capture, train, and use in battle.

Palworld's creator, Japanese studio PocketPlayer, confirmed in a post on Thursday that the game has surpassed 25 million players overall, while selling 15 million copies on Steam. The survival title also has 10 million players on Xbox, although a large portion of that number may be players accessing the game through Xbox Game Pass.

Last month, Microsoft confirmed that Palworld was the biggest third-party Game Pass launch ever and the most played game on its platform. Takuro Mizobe, CEO of PocketPair, called the player response “overwhelming” at the time. He added, “This is just the beginning for us and Palworld, and the feedback we're gathering during the game preview will allow us to improve the Pal Tamers experience across all platforms.”

Currently, Palworld is the fifth most played game on Steam, with 206,401 concurrent players at the time of writing, according to SteamDB charts. It has the all-time peak player-count on the platform, behind only PUBG: Battlegrounds.

While Palworld's player count has increased, the game has been the subject of controversy over the design of its in-game creatures, called Pals. Many players, developers, and commentators have accused the game of stealing creature designs from Pokémon.

The Pokémon Company released a statement last month addressing the plagiarism allegations and confirming that it intends to investigate any alleged cases of copyright infringement. The company had said in its statement, “We have received several inquiries regarding another company's game released in January 2024. We have not given any permission for the use of Pokemon intellectual property or assets in that game.”

Palworld released into Early Access on January 19 and is available on PC (via Steam), Xbox One, and Xbox Series S/X and also includes Xbox Game Pass. The game features Pokémon-style animals or friends that can be captured and tamed for combat, traversal, and base building in the game's open world.


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