Palworld‘s viral success has already drawn a whole lot of apparent “Pokémon with weapons” comparisons. However in the case of mods which may add precise Pokémon to the sport, at the very least one main on-line clearinghouse is preemptively and proactively avoiding something that would draw Nintendo’s authorized ire.
Nexus Mods, a mod distribution web site with tens of hundreds of thousands of registered customers, stated in a posted assertion that it will not take the authorized threat of distributing any Pokémon-themed Palworld mods. “We do suppose that including Pokémon content material to Palworld is a really cool thought and we perceive why folks would need such a factor,” the assertion reads. “Nevertheless, we’re not snug internet hosting this content material.”
Nexus Mods cites Nintendo’s “constant document of mercilessly submitting authorized challenges, DMCAs, and takedowns towards fan-made content material” as the primary purpose behind its hesitation. “Given Palworld’s similarity to the Pokémon franchise as a base recreation, internet hosting content material that provides copyrighted characters or belongings into the sport is sort of actually going to place us vulnerable to authorized motion. Palworld content material that’s uploaded to Nexus Mods and is taken into account to have Pokémon-derived characters or belongings can be taken down. Our regular moderation insurance policies will apply.”
The preemptive assertion (and takedown of at the very least one Pokémon-themed Palworld mod that beforehand snuck by to the positioning) is very fascinating contemplating that different Pokémon-related content material mods are fairly straightforward to search out throughout the Nexus Mods web site. A fast search turns up mods for every part from Pokémon-themed horses in Stardew Valley to Pokémon-themed monsters in Resident Evil 4 to Pokémon-themed dragons in Skyrim, alongside a whole bunch extra.
Whereas these sorts of mods have up to now averted Nintendo’s authorized wrath, there’s some purpose to imagine potential Palworld mods may not be so fortunate. Already, Nintendo has issued a DMCA takedown for YouTuber ToastedShoes, who shared a video preview of an in-progress Palworld Pokémon mod on social media and YouTube. “Nintendo has come for me, please go away me in your ideas and prayers,” ToastedShoes wrote on social media after the takedown.
Mods apart, Palworld has additionally come below fireplace for what some have argued is direct theft of Pokemon character fashions that goes past mere inspiration. In a current assertion, The Pokemon Firm stated it “intend[s] to analyze and take acceptable measures” concerning these sorts of accusations, although it stopped in need of threatening any particular authorized motion.
Whereas authorized threats may maintain most of the main mod distributors in line, it looks as if solely a matter of time earlier than some form of Pokémon-themed Palworld mod leaks by onto the much less copyright-respecting elements of the Web. The demand for such a mod amongst the game’s 8 million (and growing) paying customers can be too giant to efficiently comprise for very lengthy.