In a mere 8 hours following its launch, Palworld has surpassed the remarkable milestone of selling over 1 million copies, placing significant strain on Steam servers as they grapple to meet the overwhelming demand.
Pocketpair, the developer of Palworld, has reported the sale of more than one million copies within a mere eight hours of the game’s launch.
Branded as ‘Pokémon with guns,’ Palworld made its debut on January 19, quickly ascending to the pinnacle of Steam’s best-selling games and securing a spot among the top four most-played games by concurrent players.
As of the time of writing, Palworld has surged ahead of PUBG, claiming the third spot with 365,000 concurrent players and earning a ‘very positive’ user review rating.
It’s worth noting that Palworld’s actual concurrent player count is expected to be considerably higher, given its availability on Xbox and Windows PC through Game Pass.
The surge in player numbers during the launch has led to server complications. Pocketpair acknowledged that Palworld’s servers experienced instability, potentially causing connectivity issues.
In response, Pocketpair tweeted, “We are working to resolve this ASAP!”
The developer advised users to attempt connecting 2-3 times or waiting after launching the game, as some players reported success with these approaches.
Despite Palworld’s successful launch, it’s important to note that the Xbox version currently lags behind the Steam version in terms of functionality. As Palworld finds its place in the gaming landscape, Pokémon enthusiasts are expressing concerns about the similarities between the two games.
For insights into our ongoing assessment of Palworld, be sure to check out IGN’s Palworld Early Access Review in Progress.