The Pokémon Company has announced that it is investigating the mega-hit game Palworld for potential infringement of its intellectual property rights.
Since its launch into early access on PC and Xbox, Palworld has seen immense success, with over 8 million sales in just five days.
The success of Palworld has sparked discourse around the similarities between its character designs and those of the Pokémon games, leading to accusations of plagiarism.
The Pokémon Company has confirmed that it did not grant any permission for the use of Pokémon intellectual property or assets in Palworld and intends to take appropriate measures against any acts that infringe on its intellectual property rights.
An anonymous account posted comparisons of some of the game’s 3D models and those of Pokémon, claiming their proportions were nearly identical. Two experienced AAA game artists have stated that this is likely evidence that Palworld’s character models were based on Pokémon assets.
Palworld’s director, Takuro Mizobe, responded to the accusations, stating that Palworld had cleared legal reviews and that there has been no action taken against it by other companies. He emphasized that they have no intention of infringing upon the intellectual property of other companies.
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