Palworld’s explosive launch shows no sign of slowing down, with the ‘Pokémon with guns’ crafting and survival game selling another million copies in a day.
According to developer Pocketpair, Palworld has now sold over seven million copies in just five days.
“Thank you very much!!” a tweet from the developer read. “We continue to be hard at work addressing the issues and bugs some users are experiencing.
“Thanks for your support!”
The Game Awards boss Geoff Keighley tweeted to say he had confirmed with Pocketpair that the seven million sold figure is for Steam sales only, and so does not include Xbox and Windows PC sales. It’s worth noting Palworld launched day-and-date on Game Pass, too.
“That translates into approximately $189 million USD in Steam sales in 5 days,” Keighley added.
It’s an incredible result for Pocketpair, whose game has dominated the video game community since going on sale on January 19.
Yesterday, January 23, Palworld posted an incredible 1,864,421 peak concurrent players on Steam, a figure that saw it overtake Valve’s own Counter-Strike in Steam’s all-time most-played games list.
Palworld is second only to PUBG, whose remarkable Steam concurrents peak of 3,257,248 was set during the game’s glory days amid the battle royale boom, and is unlikely to be topped.
While Palworld is already one of the biggest game launches ever, it’s also one of the most controversial. Pocketpair has said its staff have received death threats amid Pokémon “rip-off” claims, and Nintendo has moved quickly to remove an eye-catching Pokémon mod. Palworld’s enormous launch has seen its servers struggle, too.
IGN’s early access review of Palworld on Steam returned an 8/10. We said: “Palworld may crib quite a bit from Pokémon’s homework, but deep survival mechanics and a hilarious attitude make it hard to put down – even in Early Access.”
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