Pokemon with Guns? Palworld Explodes on Steam with 350,000 Players

Palworld managed to attract more than 350 thousand active players in the first eight hours

by Sededin Dedovic
Pokemon with Guns? Palworld Explodes on Steam with 350,000 Players
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Palworld, a new Early Access title on Steam, has taken the platform by storm, amassing a staggering 349,000 concurrent players in its first eight hours. To put that into perspective, even Bethesda's highly anticipated Starfield never reached such heights.

As of now, Palworld sits comfortably as the fourth most active game on Steam and the undisputed number one bestseller this week. The success of this game was expected, but no one could have imagined that it would be to this extent.

So what exactly is causing this Pokemon-sized frenzy? On the surface, Palworld offers a familiar monster-catching experience. Players explore a vibrant open world, encounter cute (and not so cute) creatures called "Pals" and capture them to build their team.

Sounds harmless enough, right? Well, here's the twist: Palworld doesn't shy away from offering players a darker, more morally ambiguous experience than Pokemon. Yes, you can befriend your friends, train them for battle, and even ride them across vast landscapes.

But you can, if you want, brutally kill them with a rifle. This violent option has become a point of both fascination and controversy. Some players of course welcome the freedom it offers, but the tone of the game and its potential influence on the younger population are still being questioned.

Steam reviews praise the game's interesting gameplay loop, its optimization, and the sheer depth of its systems. From building elaborate bases to breeding your friends for specific traits, Palworld offers a surprising amount of content for an Early Access title.

We really couldn't find any negative reviews of this game. Of course, it is still too early to call Palworld a long-term success story. Early access comes with its own set of challenges, and balancing Pokemon-esque charm with morally questionable violence will be no easy feat.

But one thing's for sure: Palworld has caught the attention of the gaming world, whether you're a die-hard Pokemon fan, a survival game enthusiast, or just someone who enjoys digital adventures, Palworld is definitely worth a look. And we will see if they will continue this success in the coming days.