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Pokémon Company Plans To 'Investigate' Palworld

The Pokémon Company has released a statement about Palworld, the survival game colloquially called Pokémon With Guns” whose familiar creature designs have courted controversy since well before its January 19 launch. Well, we can assume the statement is about Palworld and the allegations of plagiarism and IP theft surrounding it, as it references “another company’s game released in January 2024.”

The Week In Games: Pocket Monsters And Simulated Goats

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On January 24, the Pokémon Company posted a statement on its Japanese website written in both Japanese and English. In it, the company says that it will “take appropriate measures to address any acts that infringe on intellectual property rights.” While this isn’t a promise to pursue legal action against Pockepair, it’s clear that The Pokémon Company can’t ignore the rampant comparisons that have popped up in the wake of Palworld’s success—it sold over seven million copies in under a week.

The full statement reads as follows:

Pocketpair has stated that it jumped through all the appropriate hoops to ensure Palworld wouldn’t be subject to a copyright lawsuit, though the game’s monsters have been derided for their similarities to specific Pokémon. Some have suggested that, despite the similarities, Palworld would fall under Parody Law, which protects media that imitates other projects in an “exaggerated, comedic fashion.”

We’ve reached out to Pocketpair for comment, and will update this story if we hear back.

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