The Pokemon Company says “we intend to investigate” Palworld
The Pokemon Company are investigating Palworld, and will ensure that their IP is protected
Earlier this month, Palworld was released on PC and Xbox, and it has been hugely successful. Within the past week over 8 million copies of the game have sold, with the game becoming an overnight sensation on PC and consoles. That said, the game has been mired in controversy, with many calling the game’s “Pals” rip-offs of existing Pokemon. This has attracted the attention of The Pokemon Company.
In a new statement, The Pokemon Company has stated that they will investigate a game that released in January 2024. While the game is not named, it is clear that they are discussing Palworld. They also confirmed that they will take appropriate measures to protect their Pokemon IP rights.
Inquiries Regarding Other Companies’ Games
We have received many inquiries regarding another company’s game released in January 2024. We have not granted any permission for the use of Pokemon 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 Pokemon. We will continue to cherish and nurture each and every Pokemon and its world, and work to bring the world together through Pokemon in the future.
The Pokemon Company
Pairpocket’s Palworld defense
Palworld’s developer, Pocketpair, has stated previously that their game is more similar to survival games like Ark: Survival Evolved, and Valheim than it is to Pokemon. Palworld has also been in development for multiple years, and The Pokemon company has not taken any action against the game prior to launch.
Simply put, Palworld is a very different game to any Pokemon title. The similarities start and end with the ability to capture creatures. The primary controversy surrounding the game is how similar many of their Pals are to existing Pokemon. It remains to be seen if The Pokemon Company will take action against Pairpocket.
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