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Palworld Lost 1.3M Players in 2 Weeks. Devs Lacking Manpower

Palword is still on top, but the sandbox's popularity has begun to drop dramatically. Meanwhile, the developers are urgently looking for people to work on the best-selling production.

No production can stay at the top indefinitely and although a drop in the rankings is inevitable, its further fate is determined by whether the creators were prepared for the fall. Pocketpair studio, whose hit game Palworld recently lost as many as 1.3 million users on Steam, has to face this problem.

It only took two weeks for interest in Palword on Steam to drop significantly. Source: SteamDB.

The popularity of Palworld is decreasing, but the game still holds a great position.

According to information available on the SteamDB page, at its peak (data from January 28, 2024), the title could boast over 2.1 million concurrent players. Currently, this number oscillates around 700,000, although it has also managed to go below the barrier of 400,000 people (February 9, 2024).

As I mentioned before, the decline itself was inevitable, but the creators might be worried about the fact that it happened so quickly. Even more so if we compare it to the situation of PUBG: Battlegrounds . The work of PUBG Studios impressed in 2018 with its popularity, which it was able to maintain for several months.

Gamers continue to keep Palword on the podium of the most played titles on Steam. Source: SteamDB.

On the other hand, SteamDB data shows that Palword is still among the most played titles on Steam, currently second only to the shooter Counter-Strike 2 . Moreover, this list does not include results from Xbox and Game Pass, where the production also had a great debut.

The creators of Palworld are urgently looking for employees.

Let's forget about the numbers and take a look at what's happening in the Pocketpair camp. As reported by the editors of the PC Gamer portal - citing the studio's entries on the X website - the creators of Palword are urgently looking for new employees .

Interestingly, the Japanese developer needs people with experience with any engine. However, the most sought after are candidates for positions related to planning and engineering. So it's not unlikely that Pocketpair studio wants to respond quickly to the situation described above.

It is worth emphasizing that Palword is still in production, remaining in the early access phase since January 19. According to plans, this title should debut in 2025 on PC and Xbox One and Xbox Series S/X consoles.

Krzysztof Kaluzinski

Krzysztof Kaluzinski

At GRYOnline.pl, works in the Newsroom. He is not afraid to tackle various topics, although he prefers news about independent productions in the style of Disco Elysium. In his childhood, he wrote fantasy stories, played a lot on Pegasus, and then on a computer. He turned his passion into a profession as an editor of a gaming portal run with a friend, as well as a copywriter and advisor in a console store. He doesn't care for remakes and long-running series. Since childhood, he wanted to write a novel, although he is definitely better at creating characters than plot. That's probably why he fell in love with RPGs (paper and virtual). He was raised in the 90s, to which he would gladly return. Loves Tarantino movies, thanks to Mad Max and the first Fallout he lost himself in post-apo, and Berserk convinced him to dark fantasy. Today he tries his hand at e-commerce and marketing, while also supporting the Newsroom on weekends, which allows him to continue cultivating old passions.

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