Fight? or Run?
With the continuing online debates over Palworld’s creature designs baring a striking resemblance to many Pokémon many have wondered if Nintendo and/or the Pokémon company will take legal action against the game.
In an article by Bloomberg, it is stated that both companies declined to comment after being asked for a statement, Nintendo did state that they were aware of the game’s existence however. If Nintendo is aware of Palworld then it’s safe to assume that Pokémon Company does as well.
While it’s hard to say if either company will pursue legal action at the moment we will be sure to let you know if the news drops.
A recently graduated creative writer hoping to work his way into the greater gaming sphere.
At first I didn't think there was anything Nintendo or Pokemon could do about it because at the end of the day, the designs aren't the same as Pokemon.
But after doing some further research, there's a decent chance that they could pursue legal action given that the model bases are actually so similar, it's almost a sure bet that the artists took existing Pokemon models and made minor changes to differentiate them. VGC did a pretty good article on it and had some professional artists weigh in, and that looks to be the conclusion. The whole thing feels pretty gross, I'm all for taking inspiration from things but don't steal work and cut corners on a major aspect of your game unless you're prepared to pay for it.