Palworld is the first viral game of 2024, with astronomical player numbers on Steam

Palworld surprisingly ranks among the top-played games on Steam at the moment, surpassed only by three titles.

Palworld is the first viral game of 2024, with astronomical player numbers on Steam
We have the first phenomenon of the year, and it’s Palworld. We won’t even consider the thousands of players who can enjoy it through the Xbox Game Pass catalog; we’ll simply focus on its figures on Steam, which are already impressive on its first day in the market. Indeed, this survival game with creatures capable of performing all kinds of tasks or assignments has just been released today, Friday, January 19, and it already boasts a tremendous player base.

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Almost immediately upon release, more than 100,000 players jumped into this, for now, Early Access title. However, these numbers continue to grow, and it’s almost certain that by the time you read these lines, Palworld will have already surpassed its peak concurrent players on Steam, which currently stands at exactly 310,761. To give you an idea, it is only surpassed by the three titans that usually lead this list, namely: Counter-Strike 2, DOTA 2, and PUBG: Battlegrounds.

We emphasize that these figures do not include players not only from Game Pass via Xbox Series but not even from PC, so we should add many more thousands of players. It’s a success that could be anticipated since on Wednesday, thanks to streamers who had early access to the game, Palworld gathered a total of no less than 85,000 viewers on Twitch.

Palworld is not only being played a lot but is also well-received, as, for now, with over 1,000 reviews on Steam, the majority are Very Positive. “They had a great idea with this game; it’s quite fun, and there’s a lot of content,” says one of the reviews. “I’m surprised at how well it works both graphically and in terms of mechanics, how vast the world is, and the amount of content it has for an Early Access,” says another, with positivity surrounding the game being the norm rather than the exception.

Palworld is already available on Xbox Series X/S and PC, part of the Xbox Game Pass catalog for both platforms.


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