Palworld Surpasses Minecraft to Become the Most Popular Game on Xbox Game Pass

Himel Mahmud
By Himel Mahmud
3 Min Read
Credit: Pocket Pair

The smash hit from Pocket Pair is currently the most popular game on Xbox Game Pass.

After taking the world by storm, Palworld is currently the most popular game on the internet. Referred to by fans as “Pokemon with guns,” the viral new video game has broken multiple sales records and become one of the fastest-selling games on Steam. Palworld sold over 8 million copies in its first week and reached an all-time high of just over 2 million concurrent players on Steam.

Pocketpair’s monster-collecting survival game Palworld was launched via early access on Steam on January 19, 2024. Palworld is set in an open world populated with animal-like creatures called “Pals.” Players can battle and ‘catch’ Pals in order to use them to build structures, farm for food, and engage in shootouts. However, some Pokémon fans pointed out that some creatures in Palworld are similar to various Pokémons. For example, one of the Pals named ‘Sparkit’ looks suspiciously like Pikachu, one of the most well-known Pokémon characters.

Palworld Gameplay | Credit: Pocket Pair
Palworld Gameplay | Credit: Pocket Pair

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Despite all the controversy, Palworld shows no signs of slowing down and continues to outperform many other games. Even before its full release, Microsoft acquired it for Xbox, and the game is now available on Xbox Game Pass.

Palworld Debuts at Number One on Xbox Game Pass

According to The Verge’s Tom Warren on X, Palworld is the most popular game on Xbox Game Pass, beating Minecraft, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, UFC4, Resident Evil 4, and other titles. Palworld debuted at number one on PC Game Pass after surpassing titles like League of Legends, VALORANT, and Minecraft.

Palworld’s success is astonishing because Minecraft has been one of the most popular titles on Game Pass for a long time. Despite all the controversy and Minecraft’s popularity, Palworld surpassed the popular survival game within a week of its release.

Palworld is now available through early access on Steam and Xbox Game Pass. It was previously reported that, after the game’s popularity and controversy, The Pokémon Company issued a statement that they were investigating Palworld for copyright infringement. The Pokémon Company’s statement reads,

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Himel Mahmud is a writer and social media manager at GameRiv. He is a former FIFA professional. He is also a social media and digital marketing expert.