Craftopia developer announces co-op survival builder Palworld

    
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Prepare for imminent cuteness because Craftopia developer Pocketpair just announced a cel-shaded survival builder slated to come out in 2022. This new project is Palworld, which takes players on a co-op adventure to craft and thrive in an anime-like world. There are activities like farming, dungeon diving, and operating factories to enjoy.

The “pal” in Palworld refers to the collection and nurturing of exotic creatures, not unlike Pokémon, who will be essential to battle poachers. “Make your Pals fight, build, farm, and work in factories,” the studio said with a straight face. It’s a virtual sweatshop! With cute critters!

This doesn’t mean that Craftopia is being abandoned, however. That survival game is slated for a big update on June 23rd that will add its own pet system, increase the level cap, add guns, and possibly implement Steam workshop mod support.

“Many users may be worried about the future development of Craftopia,” Pocketpair posted. “However, the development team of Craftopia has expanded from an initial team of four to a current team of more than 15 people. The expansion of the team has enabled us to work on drastic improvements that we’ve put off until now. The next major update will also greatly improve the performance of the game.”

Source: Steam, #2
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Bruno Brito

The “pal” in Palworld refers to the collection and nurturing of exotic creatures, not unlike Pokémon, who will be essential to battle poachers. “Make your Pals fight, build, farm, and work in factories,” the studio said with a straight face. It’s a virtual sweatshop! With cute critters!

Jesus Christ.

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Ray O'Brien

Man this trailer went zero to one hundred so fast! Love the reactions its getting. Gotta say it worked on me though I want to play!!

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cursedseishi

So… This trailer has major Tonal whiplash… It goes from cozy open-world explorer to some Far-Cry styled Glide-by shooting. Back to cozy world sledding, then Tokyo-Drifting on a Dog and aiming a rifle…

More open world cozy, some piplip workforce making houses and coexistance stuff that again… feels cozy, then there’s the cows with the mounted sawblades that doesn’t feel quite so cozy… Into immediately gunning down people. More open world vibing and even attempts to show you bonding with your Notémons and breeding a NotGyarados with a NotArcanine..

Into my favorite bit where what kind of looks like a NotMinccino is running from the obvious baddies, jumps up on your shoulder, then to your head, and pulls out an assault rifle to shoot at them alongside you pulling out a rifle to shoot them. Which is just full-on stupid and dumb, but kind of works…?

Then there’s the Sheepshield thing, and… like… That is not how you treat a pal. Use them as a bulletshield is one thing, but she outright hurls it off to the side like trash after she’s done and it is still clearly alive.

Then it gets into some real ‘Are We the Team Rocket Guys’? what with caging up a bunch of Notémon obviously against their will, and a bunch of those NotMinccino being made to assemble assault rifles in a sweatshop and some NotGrookey turning ye ole’ torture wheel.

Some other questionable junk happens, and then you meet another non-masked person and… Boy howdy do they look like a Pokémon character, but it clearly isn’t! I’ll call her NotNessa.

And you know what…? I would be SO so down for this game if not for one simple fact. The developers, regardless of their reviews on the current game, are bad. Out of 3 games, this is the second time they dumped an Early Access title to start work on a new game–and doing the math, that means 100% so far. Overdungeon was left in an abysmal state by what I could find and have read and seen. It was essentially in Early Access for a year before release, which I gather is when the team shifted to Craftopia development–which left about a year gap between Overdungeon’s 1.0 release and Craftopia. And now we’re nearing closer and closer to a year since Craftopia’s EA release and we get… Craftopia-But-Edgier. And there seems to be a general trend of nobody trusting the dev team to stick with Craftopia.

Your own base, which you’re gonna have to rely on to prop this game up, does not trust you to release a new game and do well by it. There’s some roadmaps apparently, but Roadmaps aren’t exactly… guarantees. Not by a long shot.

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Stormwaltz

The Palworld trailer has it all:

Humans getting machine-gunned
Wooloo used as a “hostage” meat shield
Sweatshop mass-production of assault rifles
Grookeys turning the Conan Wheel of Pain
Blowing up a church

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Hikari Kenzaki

Yeah… the way you treat your “Pals” is troubling, to say the least. I will not be playing this ever.

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Godnaz

Just as concerned as other about them working on a new game without even getting out of early access alpha with Craftopia. Glad to see they’ve added some folks to the team. Looking forward to see what the update brings.

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_a4

I was about to say the same. They have the nerve to announce a new game while their current one is still early in development. What’s more aggravating is that the new game is basically the same thing as their current one in terms of description. I don’t even know what to say anymore.

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Fisty

Palia, and now Palworld? These studios need to coordinate. Or maybe they do…