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Pokémon Legends: Arceus lets players roam an open world filled with Pokémon for the first time. But what if you could do more?
Wouldn’t it be great if you could run a farm with your monster pals or explore the world together?
If this is the first time you’re seeing it, welcome to Palworld. The Pokémon-inspired open-world game was introduced in 2021 with an inscrutable trailer that certainly left an impression.
Now it’s back with a new gameplay trailer that, if nothing else, proves the first one wasn’t just a fever dream.
Palworld wastes no time here. In the very first scene, our hero is threatening a sheep with an assault rifle.
A bow fits Palworld’s aesthetic better than a gun, but the way this deer ragdolls into the distance probably isn’t meant to be this funny. Or is it? I honestly can’t tell.
The new trailer ends with a boss battle against not-Lucario, with the protagonist riding a Pal like a mech, which of course has its own machine gun.
The trailer isn’t all bizarre gunplay, though. There’s also a quick glimpse at how you’ll be able to manage your Pals and even get them to craft.
And as strange as that boss fight is, it still looks pretty fun — especially being able to deploy your Pals mid-battle for backup.
Maybe coolest of all — and certainly most in the spirit of Pokémon — is the ability to actually fly around the world with the help of your Pals.
Of course, a previous trailer also showed Pals being experimented on and forced to build guns, so it won’t be quite the same carefree adventure as Pokémon.
What it will actually be like to play is still anyone’s guess.