Palworld reaches 5 million units sold over its first weekend


Pocketpair is seeing success with Palworld that few other games in early access (or any release) have ever put up in their first days. The game crossed five million units of sales in the three days since its launch and it currently has one of the highest concurrent player counts ever recorded on Steam. Safe to say, Palworld is a breakout hit, even as an early access game.

Pocketpair shared the latest details on Palworlds’ ongoing success in a several tweets on the game’s Twitter this week. According to one of the latest, Palworld has sold over five million copies in just three days. The game launched in Steam Early Access and Xbox Game Preview on January 19, 2024. The game had already crossed its first million last week in less than a day and over two days, it hit the three-million-unit mark.

SteamDB all-time peak concurrent player counts as of January 22 at 7:36 a.m. PT, showing Palworld at #3 with 1,582,482.
SteamDB shows Palworld's concurrent player peak reached the third highest of all time on Steam, trailing only behind CSGO and PUBG.
Source: SteamDB

That’s not all the accolades that Palworld has achieved in its early days. Pocketpair also shared that the game has climbed to #3 on the list of the highest concurrent player counts in a game on Steam ever. Indeed, it can be confirmed on SteamDB. As of this writing, Palworld reached 1,582,482 as its current all-time high, trailing only behind Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and PLAYERUNKNOWN’S Battlegrounds.

Palworld’s success has been simply astounding, though it also seems that many are legitimately enjoying its pokemon-like sandbox gameplay. Being able to explore, catch pals, and put them on all sorts of tasks like logging, farming, transportation, gathering, and more, alongside being able to arm them with firearms and dispatch your foes, seems to make for a good gameplay loop. It hasn’t come without issue either as many on the internet have been arguing all weekend over whether and how much Palworld might take from other games.

Regardless, its success is real and it seems like the game is here to stay in prominent view for the time being. Stay tuned as we continue to watch for further updates and news and check out our other Palworld coverage for guides and further content.

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    January 22, 2024 8:00 AM

    TJ Denzer posted a new article, Palworld reaches 5 million units sold over its first weekend

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      January 22, 2024 8:03 AM

      Apparently the devs are receiving death threats from Pokemon fans. All I can say is I'm having more fun with this game than I've ever had from any Pokemon game.

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        January 22, 2024 8:05 AM

        I can honestly say I'm surprised that anyone cares that much about Pokemon to make death threats about it.

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          January 22, 2024 8:06 AM

          It seems that Pokemon fans are very precious about their characters.

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          January 22, 2024 8:11 AM

          they care enough to keep buying those terrible games, they're obviously fucking crazy.

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            January 22, 2024 9:12 AM

            I regret the last 3-4. I didn't get the last 1-2 or however many since. I was in the loop of "maybe this time!"

            The remake though on Switch was actually good and frankly because it was already a working formula haha.

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        January 22, 2024 9:13 AM

        They should download the pokemon mod before Nintendo shuts it down then lol

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      January 22, 2024 9:14 AM

      Absurd numbers for a half baked game that doesn't even have the same version on Gamepass as it does on Steam.

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        January 22, 2024 9:16 AM

        Half baked or early access?

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          January 22, 2024 9:17 AM

          Yes. Just like their last game that was abandoned.

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            January 22, 2024 9:18 AM

            Their last game had a major update in mid-late December.

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            January 22, 2024 11:29 AM

            i didn't realize Palworld is just Craftopia with a Pokemon sticker on it. of course i never knew what craftopia was until right now.

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        January 22, 2024 9:18 AM

        It is crazy how quick it went up the charts. PUBG built up momentum over the course of a year or two. CS has been around for decades.

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        January 22, 2024 9:19 AM

        Almost as if it's a really fun game

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          January 22, 2024 9:34 AM

          I'm sure it is. I'm waiting for Game pass to get the good version of the game to try it.

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            January 22, 2024 9:44 AM

            It's GamePass. It doesn't get the good versions.

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              January 22, 2024 9:45 AM

              gamepass is worth every penny i pay for it, which is $0.

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              January 22, 2024 1:32 PM

              Why not? Seems to be waiting MS certification

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                January 22, 2024 9:38 PM

                you have to spell it M$ for them to see it

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        January 22, 2024 9:22 AM

        That's pretty typical for early access games that release on both XBox/Windows Store and Steam. Microsoft requires patches for EA games to go through the same certification as full release games, which slows down the release cadence. It sucks, but it's Microsoft's fault, not the developers'.

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        January 22, 2024 9:41 AM

        they filled a vacuum by making a functional, multi-platform game. fair play imo.

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          January 22, 2024 9:00 PM

          Yup. Won't change Nintendo plans, but shows there's a pent up desire for that sort of game on other platforms

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        January 22, 2024 9:51 AM

        Those are not the same assets though...there are clear differences in more than just proportion. Unless I'm just seeing things?

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          January 22, 2024 10:11 AM

          At the same time, the inspiration is a bit more than obvious, hah

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          January 22, 2024 10:24 AM

          The differences are black and white!

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      January 22, 2024 10:06 AM

      How is it on steamdeck? Should I play on gamepass or steam? I hear they're different ? which is more updated?

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        January 22, 2024 1:21 PM

        Steam version is updated.

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        January 22, 2024 1:23 PM

        Runs fine. Default settings everything low I turned draw distance back to medium. Disabled motion blur and vsync. Put in many hours this weekend.

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        January 22, 2024 1:37 PM

        Ok on steamdeck, Lower res, medium settings fsr, 30-40fps

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        January 22, 2024 3:42 PM

        SD, it works but only on low.

        Rog Ally with FSR 3 or Frame generation, you can turn things up and it runs really well, like 75-90 fps.

        I also play on the old via moonlight for the oled on the deck. But man the Ally experience is super smoooth.

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