Palworld vs Pokemon

Pokemon responds to Palworld, claiming it will “investigate”

By Olivia Richman


Jan 25, 2024

Reading time: 1 min

As Palworld has continued to grow in popularity, The Pokemon Company has apparently been figuring out how to approach the blatant copycat creature designs in the survival game.

Palworld has sold over 8 million copies in under a week as it continues to break player count records. Since the game was launched, players can run their private server on Palworld hosting, this feature also attracted a lot of players. Gamers have been enjoying the survival gameplay and dark humor of using Pals as slave labor essentially. But others have been accusing Palworld of using AI to rip off Pokemon’s designs and have been wondering why Pokemon hasn’t done anything about it.

Now, The Pokemon Company has released an official statement on Palworld.

Is Pokemon going to sue Palworld?

As the accusations have continued, The Pokemon Company has finally released its thoughts on the plagiarism situation. And yes, they intend to investigate and “take appropriate measures” to address any possible infringement on Pokemon’s intellectual property rights.

“We have received many inquiries regarding another company’s game released in January 2024,” The Pokemon Company wrote. “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.”

Meanwhile, Pocketpair has claimed that Palworld’s gameplay isn’t anything like Pokemon, comparing it more to Ark and other survival games. Of course, we all know that’s not the real issue.

Only time will tell what will come of this situation.