Palworld – there’s more to come (Picture: Pocketpair)
Developer Pocketpair has outlined what to expect down the line from the studio’s breakout hit Palworld.
While it remains to be seen whether developer Pocketpair can sustain its early success, the studio has now shared how it hopes to maintain interest in the open world survival game through future updates.
In a post on Twitter, the developer outlined the future roadmap for Palworld, noting how ‘sales have far exceeded the development team’s expectations’ which has led to ‘many problems due to excessive access congestion’.
The developer states their first priority is to improve these issues, including problems with the world date clock, loading screens, key configuration, and AI for the Pal monsters.
Beyond bug fixes and improvements, Pocketpair is also working on several new modes, including competitive player versus player options (PvP), raid bosses in the endgame, a Pal Arena described as ‘PvP for Pals’ and new islands, pals and bosses.
Other planned additions include crossplay between Steam and Xbox, server transfers, revisions to the building system and feature improvements for the Xbox version.
On Monday, Palworld hit a new all-time peak concurrent player count of 2,018,905, the second highest in Steam history, behind only PUBG: Battlegrounds.
The game’s success, however, has led to some controversy over whether it used AI image generation to plagiarise Pokémon. Nintendo and The Pokémon Company recently took down a Pokémon mod for the game, but it hasn’t officially commented on Palworld itself.
Developer Pocketpair has claimed Palworld was cleared by its own legal team before it was released, with no companies at the time apparently deciding to take action against them.
‘We make our games very seriously, and we have absolutely no intention of infringing upon the intellectual property of other companies,’ said CEO Takuro Mizobe.
Potential legal trouble aside, if Palworld can roll out these updates in a timely fashion, it might have more legs than many perhaps expect.
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