Athough it has enjoyed major success. Palworld devs have had to respond to a few allegations.
The team has responded to lawsuits and plagarsism claims while dealing with death threats!
But let’s take a closer look at their response to the madness.
Palworld Devs Respond to Pokemon Plagiarsim Claims
The biggest and most infamous aspect of Palworld is its clear inspiration from Pokemon. From capturing little creatures with capsules and using them to fight alongside you, the inspiration is evident.
That is where most of the success for Palworld comes from: this unique approach to the Pokemon formula. But many players online argue that the game is direct plagiarism.
Threads have been made showcasing similar pals to their Pokemon counterparts.
But a response from the lead developer himself, Takuro Mizobe, suggests otherwise. In an interview with Automaton, he claimed that they have passed the necessary legal hurdles to not be associated with Pokemon and that “we make our games very seriously, and we have absolutely no intention of infringing upon the intellectual property of other companies.”.
In fact, the developer himself believes the game is closer to Ark than Pokemon. That is to say that the meahnics and designs still heavily showcase the Pokemon inspirations. But given the lax attitude from Nintendo so far, it’s safe to say they are in the clear.
This is evident, as when the Pokemon Palworld mod dropped, it was immediately hussled by Nintendo. Palworld developers and everyone in the gaming industry are very aware of Nintendo’s legal presence.
This company is notorious for taking down anything that even slightly infringes on their legal trademarks. It is clear Palworld double-checked their work before releasing it against the wrath of Nintendo.
Let’s be real: Digimon exists. The idea of capturing creatures with tiny balls is not trademarked by Nintendo, nor are creature designs based on animals. As soon as Pikachu turns up in the game, that would be a different story!
With success comes jealousy, and with Nintendo fans come death threats. It is no secret that Nintendo fans are some of the most loyal and radical fans out there.
The response to Palworld and its allegations has been so viceregal that the developer himself had to make a statement on Twitter.
From our translation, Takuro is defending his artitis, which he claims is receiving a number of death threats. This is because of the allegation of plagareism and AI use thrown their way.
Takuro says that if anyone has an issue, they should aim it toward the production team, including himself, rather than the artists. We have to respect the Palworld devs for standing up for their team members.
Many Japanese users on Twitter below comment that there may be a case for plagarism, but using death threats and slander is a step too far.
Keep in mind that most of the artists are recent graduates and are still fairly young in their careers. Telling an artist to off himself because his Sphexar looks kind of like a Gengar is a bit silly.