Palworld combines the open-world monster collection of Pokémon Legends: Arceus with real-time combat involving third-person shooter mechanics.
A new Palworld gameplay trailer mixes open-world monster collection, reminiscent of Pokémon Legends: Arceus, with brutal third-person shooter gunplay. The upcoming independent game, developed by Pocketpair, will let players fight, farm and consume mysterious Pokémon-like creatures called Pals. Palworld will combine survival, crafting and guns to create a possibly bizarre and undeniably unique experience.
By combining several different concepts and genres, Palworld looks poised to give players a gaming experience unlike any other. Like Pokémon Legends: Arceus the game will let players track, fight and collect monsters within a large open-world environment. However, rather than merely sneaking up on wild creatures or fighting them with their own pocket monsters, players in Palworld fight with modern firearms like shotguns and assault rifles. Also, while Pocketpair’s unusual title does let players befriend their Pals, these cartoonish creatures can also be butchered for meat or forced to perform hard manual labor. Therefore, Pocketpair perverts Pokémon in Palworld by turning the child-friendly concept into a potential slavery simulator.
A new gameplay trailer for Palworld, posted to YouTube by Pocketpair, sheds more light on the game’s open-world format and intense combat system. The trailer shows the player running around a lush open world and capturing Pals using a Poké Ball-esque tool. Like Pokémon Legends: Arceus, players can ride a horse-like Pal or fly around with the help of a winged creature. Building mechanics are also displayed, with the player crafting a small workbench and a large cage capable of holding several creatures. Finally, the protagonist is seen fighting Pals using both a modern shotgun and a stealthy bow and arrow. Allied Pals are also seen aiding the player in real-time combat.
While Palworld looks like a truly original take on the monster collection concept, Pocketpair let players tame creatures in Craftopia too. The indie developer’s previous title, which has been in early access for nearly two years, features gameplay that looks very similar to the upcoming Palworld. The game combines various mechanics like farming, hunting and hack-and-slash combat, with players using items to capture realistic animals like giraffes and alligators. Capturing animals in Carftopia lets players craft batteries, which are used to power homes and craft certain special items.
Palworld looks to borrow heavily from Pokémon Legends: Arceus, given its detailed open world and monster collection system, but the upcoming indie title also includes several other distinct mechanics. Combining Pokémon’s cartoonish creatures with real-world firearms is a bizarre clash, but it does help Palworld stand out among the competition. The game is set to release in 2022, so gamers will be tracking pocket monsters through an open world using modern weaponry quite soon.
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