Pokémon with guns: Indie game Palworld has players up in arms

A new game that surfaced during the Indie Live Expo this weekend has some players scratching their heads. pallworld There is a Pokemon-like game set to release in 2022 that is full of cute monsters… and lots of guns.

Developed by PocketPair, pallworld Described as a multiplayer open-world game with survival crafting elements. At first glance, it looks like an average Pokemon game. The trailer features a lively world full of creatures that appear to be based directly on specific Pokémon. There is even a sheep that looks suspiciously similar to Wooloo.

After about 35 seconds, the trailer takes a strange turn. It cuts to human characters shooting monsters with assault rifles and shotguns. At one point, a character uses the same adorable sheep I mentioned above as a shield to deflect bullets.

In another shocking moment, the camera cuts to a factory where weeping monsters mass-produce assault rifles. Games steam page It includes an entire section on factory automation mechanics, which goes even deeper: “Automation requires that Pals do the manual work. Build a factory and put friends in it. They will work forever as long as they are fed until the end of their lives. “

A human in Palworld uses a demon as a human shield.

With the trailer garnering over 33,000 likes on Twitter alone, PocketPair has garnered a lot of engagement on social media. While some are in the “WTF” nature of the trailer, others are disgusting.

“I’m legitimately in awe of the game and how many people are excited for the blatant-Pokémon-Ripoff-creature-design gun war and slave labor,” tweeted the user. screaming possum In reply.

It’s not clear what Pocketpair’s intentions are here, but pallworld Reads like a deliberate social satire. The game’s Steam page lists all the common features you might see in a monster collection game next to slang that describe poaching and hunting mechanics. It seems to be a scathing commentary that digs into the dark undertones of games like Pokémon that are all about capturing and making them fight.

whatever be the intention, pallworld It is set to release sometime in 2022. For a more healthy monster collecting experience, just maybe new pokemon snap.

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