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Palworld's freefall continues

Palworld ranking by current players (Source: Steam Charts)
Palworld ranking by current players (Source: Steam Charts)
Although it went all the way above 2,100,000 simultaneous players, Palworld is now struggling in the second half of the top 100 most played Steam games. While Counter-Strike 2 easily peaks above the 1,000,000 threshold on a daily basis, Palworld has problems reaching 50,000. However, this summer's updates might bring it back to life.

After an impressive start that surprised everyone, including its makers, Palworld has stalled. Until the end of February, the game that launched in early access on January 19th had managed to sell more than 15 million units and break the 2,1 million concurrent users barrier. 

Still in early access, Palworld is now down to a mere 11,644 players, with a maximum for the day of 26,537. These figures only manage to put it in 80th place in Steam's top 100 most-played games. The first five names in the list are Counter-Strike 2, Dota 2, Apex Legends, PUBG, and World of Warships.

Palworld received its latest update earlier this week. The version labeled 0.2.4.0 is most likely the last step before the big summer refresh that will come with a new island, bosses, and Pals. Palworld 0.2.4.0, on the other hand, is mostly about bug fixes and balance changes, without any noticeable new content. 

Last but not least, once Palworld hits GeForce Now, the numbers could improve for Pocket Pair's action-adventure, survival, and monster-taming title nicknamed "Pokémon with guns" thanks to the renewed exposure. Speaking of Pokémon, Amazon is currently offering the Pokémon Battle Academy Board Game with a 10% discount that takes it from $14.40 to $12.99.

Palworld vs. Counter-Strike 2 and Dota 2 all-time stats (Source: Steam Charts)
Palworld vs. Counter-Strike 2 and Dota 2 all-time stats (Source: Steam Charts)

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Codrut Nistor, 2024-05-17 (Update: 2024-05-17)