There are many questions that are not asked in Pokémon. Questions about what a society would do with creatures that can generate infinite fire and electricity on demand, monsters that are obviously smarter than your average beast, but still treated as subordinates to 10-year-olds with a habit of fighting pits.
This weekend, a trailer for similar Pokémon role-playing games Palworld asked and answered these questions, and boy, is it a walk to see.
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It all starts out curious enough. A magnificent world open in kind with a Genshin Impact or Breath of the Wild, populated by free non-Pokémon itinerants (Pals). We see pastoral scenes of construction and agriculture, which suggest that you can build yourself a house in this idyllic land.
And then the guns come out.
We see shots fired at armored soldiers as giant lightning bolts charge for once. We see that our player character uses one of these friends as a cover, in the style of Gears of War. We see a mouse jump on the head of our character, take out his own weapon and start killing bandits next to you.
The best (worst) feature of the entire trailer sees our hero grab a adorable sheep, using his wool belly to absorb bullets before throwing it to one side. The sheep cry all the time.
Cruelty does not stop with sheep shields either. A particularly gloomy clip shows Pals working in a gun-making ship, followed by adorable monkeys working little in a quarry. It’s playing with some images, let’s say, extremely loaded, and the accompanying Steam descriptions don’t exactly help.
"It is essential for automation to let Pals do the manual work. Build a factory and place Pals in it. They will work forever, as long as they are fed until the end of their lives."
Needless to say, for all of Palworld’s high ambitions (Crafting! Breeding! Poaching! Online Multiplayer!), The Pocketpair developer doesn’t have a fantastic track record in delivery. His first game supposedly left unfinished, while last year Craftopia it carries all the red flags you might expect from the Palworld trailer – an open, beautiful world that struggles under the weight of its own reach.
Palworld will launch in 2022.