What is Palworld? Release date, gameplay, platforms, & more!

Yes, it’s a Pokémon clone—but one that builds a much darker universe.

Palworld is an open-world survival game where you can capture mysterious creatures called “Pal.” Pals have their uses, and you’ll need all their help if you want to survive this harsh world of starvation, dangerous Pal attacks, and poachers. Here’s everything we know about Palworld.

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What is the release date for Palworld?

Palworld will release in early access on January 19, 2024, giving players their first taste of this Pokémonlike RPG with guns and building. You can follow the official Palworld Twitter for more information and updates.

What platforms will Palworld be on?

Palworld is planned for a multiplatform release, but will be available on PC and Xbox at launch.

What are Pals in Palworld?

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The function of Pals is closer to real animals than Pokémon. You can use them as rides, workers, and even… food. Some Pals are built to fight, protecting you from more dangerous Pals. Some Pals can help you dig tunnels or surf through seas to help you reach another island. They can also be equipped with human weapons, such as guns and lasers.

What to expect from Palword’s gameplay?

Palword is a survival action game. Aside from using Pals to achieve your goals, a lot of crafting and hunting is involved in the game. Players can use guns, bows, or their Pal’s special abilities. Dangerous Pals can also be quite deadly, so there’s a lot of dodging as well.

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The cool thing, however, is that you’re not forced to play the game in a certain way. You can peacefully raise Pals as your friends and build factories or take them out into the jungle to hunt other Pals. If you fancy yourself a vigilante, hunting poachers is possible. The goal is to collect the right Pals to help you survive the world’s harsh environment.

The developers of Palword have also introduced a breeding mechanic into the game. By capturing powerful Pals with certain characteristics, it’s possible to breed more powerful Pals. It’s very similar to Pokémon’s IV breeding process, in a sense.

Does Palworld have multiplayer?

Palworld features two kinds of multiplayer: 4-player co-op and online servers. With a dedicated server, you can have up to 32 players on the same server. While not specifically mentioned, it can be assumed there will be public servers with the same number of players.

For more information about Palworld, be sure to check back here at Pro Game Guides.

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Bianca Versoza is Pro Game Guides' Weekend Editor. With over three years of experience in gaming journalism, she specializes in anything remotely turn-based and strategic, like Pokémon, Valkyria, and Honkai: Star Rail. Bianca is a huge fan of Square Enix, RPGs, party games, and visual novels, but will play anything with a banger OST. She's a proud early bird.
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