Collect, Raise, and Exploit Monsters in Palworld


Pocketpair Games, the developer of Craftopia, has announced a new game currently in development: Palworld. It’s billed as a “next-generation open-world survival crafting game”.

Pocketpair also included a promotional trailer with its announcement.

The Palworld trailer shows off player characters moving through a colorful fantasy world and interacting with the endemic “Pal” creatures. The Pals can perform a variety of roles in players’ service. These include constructing a house, farming crops, and charging an electrical grid. Players can befriend, raise, and breed Pals, as well. In one scene, a player even goes electrofishing, by throwing an electric-element Pal into the water to shock the fish.

The Pals also function in the Palworld combat system, which appears to take cues from Fortnite-like third-person shooter games. Players use a variety of firearms to take on threats, but the Pals change the dynamic. They can be ridden into battle as mounts, and a player also shoots at enemies while hanging from the leg of a flying Pal. Pals can be used to attack foes and defend against enemy fire. In the trailer a player uses a fluffy Pal as a shield against gunfire and takes cover behind a larger Pal. Pals are also shown on an assembly line, putting together realistic-looking guns.

The Palworld Steam store page describes the game as about living “a slow life with mysterious creatures,” and “life-or-death battles with poachers.” Multiplayer is also an option, with cooperative and competitive play modes.

Palworld is in development for PC. It is scheduled for release in 2022. Pocketpair’s other game, Craftopia, is immediately available on Steam Early Access and is scheduled to enter full release in 2021. Another game about interacting with monsters, Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, is set for release in November 2021.

Josh Tolentino
Josh Tolentino helped run Japanator as Managing Editor since 2012, before it and Siliconera teamed up. That said, it's been years since he watched enough anime to keep his otaku license valid. Maybe one day he'll see enough of a given season to pretend to know what's hot. Until then, it's Star Trek reruns, gacha games, and bylines at Destructoid and GameCritics.