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Palworld: Release date, how to play, and more information

Palworld’s release date is almost here, and we’ve got everything you need to know about the 3D, creature collecting adventure title.

Palworld is primed to be the latest creature-catching and battling craze once its release date arrives. Dubbed "Pokemon with guns," the game by Pocketpair has you collect Pals, fight them, train them, travel with them, and make them do your bidding in several other ways.

If you plan on diving into this new title, we've got everything you need to know. We'll cover when it launches, how you can play it, and what exactly this game even is. So, follow along to get all the info you need about Palworld.

Palworld: Release date and countdown

Palworld releases in Early Access on Steam. Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass users also get a taste on day one. There's no current plans for it to arrive on PlayStation or Nintendo systems, so PC and Xbox users can rejoice knowing they get to dive in.

Palworld Release

As soon as it hits January 19, 2024 at midnight PT, you can get your hands on the game. It unlocks then on Steam and the Game Pass subscription services. So get ready, because it will be here before you know it.

How much does it cost?

Right now, we're unsure of the cost on Steam. There's no price for its Early Access version, but we do know it will not be free. We'll update you when the price arrives, presumably at the time the game becomes available.

It doesn't look like there are any preloading options, including on Xbox or PC Game Pass. What we do know, however, is the cost of those subscriptions:

  • Xbox Game Pass - $9.99
  • PC Game Pass - $9.99
  • Ultimate Game Pass (Both Xbox and PC) - $16.99
(Image via Microsoft)
(Image via Microsoft)

These prices are per month, and there are often deals to get the first certain amount of days for $1. You'll just have to check and see if there are any offers when you sign up.

Palworld platforms: How to play and where upon release

You won't have to scramble to find where to play Palworld. Here are the available platforms:

  • PC via Steam
  • Xbox Series S
  • Xbox Series X

Once the game releases, you can just go to your respective Game Pass store or the Steam store and search for Palworld. Purchase it on Steam or get straight to downloading it on Game Pass and you can dive right in.

If you're on Xbox, it will be optimized for the system. PC players through Steam and PC Game Pass will want to make sure their computer can run it. That's why we have the minimum system requirements available for you:

  • OS: Windows 10 or later (64-Bit)
  • Processor: i5-3570K 3.4 GHz 4 Core
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 1050 (2GB)
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 40 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Internet connection required for multiplayer. SSD required.

And here are the recommended requirements for Palworld once it releases:

  • OS: Windows 10 or later (64-Bit)
  • Processor: i9-9900K 3.6 GHz 8 Core
  • Memory: 32 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce RTX 2070
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 40 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Internet connection required for multiplayer. SSD required.

What is Palworld?

Now you have all of the information about the Palworld, it's release date, and how to play. If you've stumbled upon this without any other knowledge, then you're probably interested in what exactly Palworld is.

The developers at Pocketpair describe it like this:

"In this game, you can peacefully live alongside mysterious creatures known as Pals or risk your life to drive off a ruthless poaching syndicate. Pals can be used to fight, or they can be made to work on farms or factories. You can even sell them or eat them!"

It truly feels like the Pokemon game with guns that everyone has labeled it as. Instead of Pokemon, you have Pals. You need to use them to survive, which could mean creating a fire, having them build for you, or as stated, even eating them.

There's exploration, farming, and other simulation-style aspects. It even has co-operative multiplayer and plans to implement PvP in a future update.

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