- Palworld has rapidly become a global sensation after launch, blowing up like no other at present.
- The game has been panned heavily for imitating the core design of the iconic Pokemon franchise.
- The Pokemon Company has now issued a statement regarding Palworld, saying it intends to investigate.
Palworld is the game everyone’s got their eyes on right now. It employs in-game characters that bear a striking resemblance to many figures from the Pokemon universe and places them in a virtual playground in a survival-oriented gameplay setting. Amid growing concerns about the game’s blatant plagiarism, The Pokemon Company has finally issued a statement regarding the whole scenario, saying that it “intends to investigate and take appropriate measures.” The full quote reads,
We have received many inquiries regarding another company’s game released in January 2024. We have not granted any permission for the use of Pokémon intellectual property or assets in that game. We intend to investigate and take appropriate measures to address any acts that infringe on intellectual property rights related to the Pokémon. We will continue to cherish and nurture each and every Pokémon and its world, and work to bring the world together through Pokémon in the future,” says The Pokemon Company in a new press release.
The organization clearly doesn’t drop any names in its statement, but I’m sure everyone knows what it’s referring to when it mentions “another company’s game released in January 2024.” From what I can tell, Nintendo’s litigiousness is already notorious across the industry, and it’s already known how the world-popular co-owner of the Pokemon IP spares no one when it comes down to even the most subtle of copyright infringements.
For starters, Aussie YouTuber ToastedShoes recently uploaded a video of them designing a Pokemon mod for Palworld, and guess what, that video got nuked out of proportion by Nintendo in 24 hours. One would be dumb enough to think that the company isn’t hyper-vigilant enough to get a game on its radar that has been selling millions of copies to boot in recent times, even becoming one of Steam’s most-played titles ever by concurrent players.
Nintendo has come for me, please leave me in your thoughts and prayers pic.twitter.com/HGg65y67Qp
— Toasted (@ToastedShoes) January 23, 2024
As the news found itself circulating on Reddit, many voiced their opinions on the matter, saying that if The Pokemon Company found a legitimate copyright violation in Palworld, we’d be hearing of it already. “Just generic corpo legal statement to try and get people to stop contacting them. Of course, they’ll look at any infringements upon their properties, but this statement isn’t saying they believe any such infringements exist,” says u/danivus.
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Palworld came out on January 19, 2024, for the Xbox Series X|S and PC in its early access phase, only to enjoy widespread critical acclaim. eXputer reviewed the game as well, rating it 4.5/5.0 and highlighting its incredibly fun gameplay, diverse mechanics, and swift optimization that’s exempt from the vast majority of errors that most AAA releases typically suffer on launch.
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