Why is Palia game getting more and more popular?

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Palia game is a cozy community simulator that sounds like Valheim meets Animal Crossing, and I’m hyperventilating.

After announcing that Palia, the Animal Crossing Valheim mashup, will be free to play, we’re back to publishing a preview of the upcoming convenient community game. Below are our original impressions of Palia when we first took a peek at the game last summer.

PALIA IS CALLED “A COMMUNITY SIM”​

The developers behind the new Palia game for PC call it a community game.

But the first thing that blows your mind when you see it in action is Valheim Encounter Animal Crossing.

Think of all the social, spirited parts of an MMO RPG, but sane as a puppy that has gone through sensitivity training.

Your personal character will build and decorate houses, farms and fish, make friends and even have romantic NPCs and have the opportunity to do all this with their friends beside you.

You play as humans – a race that has just begun to mysteriously return to the world of Valeria – settling in a small lakeside community.

It’s up to you to find out more about humanity’s past and, of course, help forge its future.

The game’s creators promise a basic story that will take years to unravel, and a lot of lore to be uncovered along the way.

Creating an image of your human character will be one of your first tasks. And the developers are trying to provide players with as many options as possible.

We’ve glimpsed the concept art, which shows different faces and skin tones, different hairstyles and outfits that can be customized with colors and patterns, and were told that there will be several different body types at launch.

THE DEVELOPERS ARE KEEN TO REACT TO WHAT THE COMMUNITY WANTS​

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They are keen to react to what the community wants
The developers’ intent is that they want to be responsive to community requests for these types of options.

“One of the great things about gaming as a service is that what we offer on day one is just the beginning,” said game director Aidan Karabaych, “and the choice here really is at the heart of our belief.

So expect these options to continue to improve greatly over time.

It all looks great too, falling into the gap between realism and the vibrant colors of an animated film.

And everything in the trailer is green or cozy, like a place you’d want to go on the weekends if you were a Disney princess.

The studio cites The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Studio Ghibli as influences and it’s clear.

WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?​

Palia really wants to be a place to meet and make friends, and promises lots of collaboration opportunities as you explore the world.

You can play with your loved ones without worrying about what server they are on and there will be a social matchmaking system to make connection easier.

Instead of guilds, you can create environments or find ones you want to join and win prizes as a team.

Its creators likened this community to a Mr. style neighborhood.

Rodgers, who holds high hopes for anyone who has ever spent time anywhere on the internet.

Imagine going to a friend’s house to help decorate or work on your garden together.

In fact, interacting with the world’s your friends have created is the next step beyond what today’s community games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons allow, and allows you to spend a lot more time together.

So long as you can actually accomplish something as a team, this is one of the secrets to the cult success of Valheim, a game that is full of combat.

But where players actually spend time getting together to construct impressive buildings and outlandish structures.


Luckily, Studio Singularity 6 knows a thing or two about community building. Two project leaders are working at Riot Games and creating a safe world where you can connect with your friends, but also controlling what other players in your space can see and do is key to this project. You schedule instant voice chats, but only to people you’ve registered as friends.

MEET THE LOCALS​

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Meet the locals in Palia
Misanthropes like me would love to know that Palia will have plenty of NPCs who, as Karabaich promises, are more than just dresses if you can’t find real friends to play with.

The characters are more than just a missionary.

We have developed a rich and immersive character.

And as you play, you will have the opportunity to discover their hopes and dreams, their fears and challenges, and see how they evolve and respond to a changing world and the actions you ultimately take as a player in the game.

PALIA GAME HAS “RICH, DEEP SET OF CHARACTERS”​

We catch a glimpse of Einar, the crazy fishing giant. No, he can’t be romantic – and the innkeeper, Shura, who will help you settle into your new life.

As with Stardew Valley, giving will be an important part of meeting and wooing all potential partners in Palia’s life.

Some may like love poems, others want to pass the time and share their hobbies.

When you give a certain flower to a romantic character, your path to love begins.

Community lead Edaleen Cruz says:

“Just like with real life, people, when you meet them, they reveal certain aspects of themselves. And as you increase that friendship, whether it is through doing quests for them, or gifting them items, they start revealing more about themselves”.

“They also have a set of items that they like, they have items that they love, and then they have items that they absolutely dislike!”

The cast is also “just the beginning”, with new characters added as game updates.

And once again the studio promises to listen to player feedback when it comes to romance and friendship options.

CHOICES AND CHARGES​

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Palia game – Choices and charges
During this initial Palia review, Singularity 6 really wanted to highlight how many options players will have.

I hate people? You can play solo.

There are battles in the game, but they are completely optional and you won’t lose any loot if you miss them.

You will be able to customize your home to your liking, at the time of release there will be more than 1000 items, each with its own customization options.

Meanwhile, your character can become a brilliant cook, an elite gardener, or a hunter of large animals or insects.

UPDATE​

Singularity 6 has published a lengthy blog post detailing how Palia will launch as a free-to-play game.

The studio will feature light microtransactions as a result, returning to one of our initial concerns.

Thankfully, the studio is transparent on implementing the F2P system, noting that Palia will generate revenue from cosmetic products when it launches later this year.

But won’t charge players for items found in Game progress and you can’t buy loot boxes either.

As mentioned in this blog post, Palia accepts free play with a focus on respecting time, choice and trust in players.

It’s all worth reading at the link above.

Sounds like a ready-made compromise for an essentially cold game.

We look forward to learning more about the Palia game as it gets closer towards release.

 
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