Although much of the discourse around the recently-released Palworld and many of its “Pal” creatures bearing distinct similarities to existing Pokémon has been largely overshadowed by the immense success of the game – notching up over 7 million sales in just the first five days – it seems that the Pokémon Company is very much intent on examining the situation for itself.
The company has issued a statement via its corporate portal, stating that it intends to “investigate and take appropriate measures to address any acts that infringe on intellectual property rights related to the Pokémon,” without explicitly mentioning Palworld aside from it being a game that released this month.
“We have received many inquiries regarding another company’s game released in January 2024. 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.
“The Pokémon Company.”
We’ll be sure to keep an eye on how this unfolds, as it’ll definitely be interesting to see whether or not TPC decides for itself that Palworld is infringing on its IP and, if so, what course of action it takes against a game that’s already a global phenomenon.