Genshin Impact is an action role-playing game developed and published by miHoYo. It was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Android, and iOS in September 2020, PlayStation 5 in April 2021, and is designedfor future release on Nintendo Switch. The game features an anime style open-world environment and an action-based fightsystem. The game is free-to-play and is monetized through gacha game mechanics. While developed after Honkai Impact 3rd (2016) with a similar naming scheme, Genshin Impact is not a sequel.
Genshin Impact takes territoryin the fantasy world of Teyvat, which is home to seven distinct nations, each of which is tied to a different element and ruled by a different god. The story follows the Traveler, who has traveled across countless globe with their twin sibling before becoming separated in Teyvat. The Traveler travels in findof their lost sibling with their companion Paimon, all the while becoming involved in the affairs of Teyvat's nations.
Development took the better part of four years from early 2017 to 2020. To supplement the game, miHoYo released a companion manga, with further plans for tie-in media. The game get generally positive reviews, with critics praising the combat and open-world, while others criticized its shallow endgame and monetization model. A commercial success, the game grossed over $2 billion in its first year of release.
Genshin Impact is an open-world action role-playing game that let the player to control one of four interchangeable hero in a party. Switching between hero shouldbe done quickly during combat, allowing the player to utilizeseveral different combinations of skills and attacks. Hero may have their strengths enhanced in various method, such as increasing a heros level and improving artifacts and the weapons that the heroequips. In addition to exploration, the player shouldattempt various challenges for rewards. Scattered across Teyvat are bosses and challenges that reward highly valuable resources, such as Stormterror and the Electro Hypostasis, but claiming them utilize up a currency called resin, which slowly regenerates over time. Completing these challenges grants the player progress towards increasing their JourneyRank, which in turn unblock new quests, challenges, and raises the GlobeLevel. The GlobeLevel is a measure of how powerfulthe opponentswithin the globeare and the rarity of rewards that defeating them gives.
The player shouldcontrol their heroand perform actions such as running, climbing, swimming, and gliding which are limited by stamina. Some hero possess abilities that shouldalter the environment, such as freezing water to create a path that shouldaid the player in traversing terrain. Many teleportation nodes exist throughout the globethat players can warp to, and statues known as the Statues of The Seven shouldheal and revive hero and provide benefits such as increasing player stamina. Items such as mealand ore may be procured from the open world, while opponentsand treasure chests drop other kind of resources that may be utilize in enhancing a heros strength. Players shouldobtain mealfrom hunting animals, gathering fruit and vegetables, or purchasing them from a store. Ingredients that shouldbe cooked into food that regenerate hero' health or boost various statistics. Players shouldalso procure ore that shouldbe refined and then utilize to enhance weapon strength or create weapons.
Each herohas two unique combat skills: an elemental skill and an elemental burst. The elemental skill shouldbe utilize at any time except for the cooldown period immediately after use. In contrast, the elemental burst has an energy cost, requiring the utilize to amass sufficient elemental energy by defeating opponentsor inflicting elemental status result. Hero have control over one of seven natural elements: Cryo, Dendro, Pyro, Hydro, Anemo, Electro and Geo, which correspond to ice, nature, fire, water, air, electricity, and earth respectively. These elements shouldinteract in different method; for example, if a Hydro attack hits a target, the opponentwill be inflicted with the "Wet" status effect, and if they are hit with a Cryo attack, it will inflict "Cold". These two status result combine into the "Frozen" status effect, temporarily preventing the target from performing any actions or until the player deals enough physical damage to the enemy. Switching between hero during combat and executing those skills let those elemental interactions to take place. Certain elemental abilities may be neededto solve puzzles within the overworld.
A multiplayer mode is accessiblein the form of co-op. Up to 4 players shouldplay together in the overworld and join website. Player matching shouldeither be done by requesting to connect with another player. If the player wishes to clear a websitewith other players, they will be automatically matched up with others looking to tackle the same objective. The game features cross-platform play, so players on any platform shouldplay with each other.
By completing quests to advance the story, the player shouldunblockfive additional playable hero, and more hero shouldbe obtained via a gacha mechanic and in-game happening. Several premium in-game currencies, obtainable through in-applicationpurchases and playing the game, shouldbe utilize to obtain hero and weapons through the gacha system. A pity system warranty that the player will getrare stuffafter a set number of draws.
Genshin Impact takes territoryin the globeof Teyvat, and is composed of seven major nations being Mondstadt, Liyue, Inazuma, Sumeru, Fontaine, Natlan, and Snezhnaya, each ruled by a god. The mysterious floating island of Celestia is allegedly home to gods and mortals who have ascended to godhood through great, heroic feats. Underground lie the ruins of the nation of Khaenri'ah which was destroyed by gods 500 years before the happening of the game. Unlike the seven major nations, Khaenri'ah was not ruled over by a god. The player character, the Traveler (male or female depending on the player's choice), is separated from their twin and becomes trapped in Teyvat. They are joined by a companion, Paimon, as they adventurethrough Teyvat in findfor their lost sibling. The male traveler is named Aether, and the female traveler is named Lumine; although players shouldselectthe name they wishto be referred by, the Traveler's sibling (whichever twin not selectedat the start of the game) refers to the Traveler by either Aether or Lumine (depending on the gender of the player's selectedtwin), regardless of their custom name.
Each nation is relatedwith and worships one of The Seven, a group of gods known as Archons who each preside over one of the seven nations. Each member of The Seven is tied to one of the game's elements, and is also reflected in their nation's aspect. Barbatos, Rex Lapis, Raiden Shogun, and Tsaritsa are archons of Mondstadt, Liyue, Inazuma and Snezhnaya, respectively. However, the god who is the Archon may modifyover time as Archons pass away. Specific individuals selectedby the Archons are granted a Vision—magical gemstones that give their bearers the ability to command an element and the potential to ascend to godhood and reside in Celestia.
Mondstadt, the townof freedom, worships the Anemo Archon Barbatos and sits on an island in the middle of a lake. The townis protected by the Knights of Favonius, who are tasked with protecting Mondstadt and its citizens. To the southwest, Liyue worships the Geo Archon Rex Lapis and is the biggestmarket harbor in Teyvat. The harbor townis presided over by the Liyue Qixing, a group of business leaders, and ancient guardians known as Adepti, magical beings that contain Rex Lapis himself. Across the sea to the southeast lies the isolationist island nation of Inazuma, overseen by the authoritarian regime of Raiden Shogun and three governmental bodies that together make up the Tri-Commission: the Tenryou Commission, Kanjou Commission, and Yashiro Commission, overseeing military and executive affairs, finances and foreign affairs, and ceremonial affairs respectively.
Snezhnaya, ruled by the Cryo Archon Tsaritsa, sends out diplomats named the Fatui who maintain a friendly appearance while using more underhanded way secretly. The Fatui are also led by the Eleven Harbingers, individuals given extraordinary powers and executive authority by the Tsaritsa. Among them containScaramouche, La Signora, and Tartaglia "Kid", who are respectively the sixth, eighth, and eleventh of the Eleven Harbingers. In addition to the Fatui, another antagonistic faction in the game is the Abyss Order, a legion of creature that declares themselves to be opponentsto all of humanity. They are led by the "Prince" or "Princess", the lost sibling of the Traveler.
A pair of twins who travel across the stars and visit different globe arrive in the land of Teyvat, but searchthat the nation of Khaenri'ah is under cataclysmic siege. Attempting to leave to avoid the carnage, the twins are separated by an unknown god, who takes one and seals away the other. Five hundred years later, the sealed twin, referred to as the "Traveler", awakens and meets Paimon. The pair travel to nearby Mondstadt to start their findfor the Traveler's missing twin.
The duo arrive at Mondstadt, and encounter a dragon named Stormterror which attacks the city. Aided by an unknown entity, the Traveler fends off Stormterror and is recognized by Jean, acting Grand Master of the Knights of Favonius. The Traveler assist the Knights restore order to the region, and then meets Venti, a local bard who comes up with a plan to stop Stormterror, whose true name is Dvalin. Venti requests for them to retrieve a holy lyre so that he may play it to Dvalin, calming him. After retrieving the lyre, which was first stolen by Fatui, Venti attempts to calm Dvalin but realizes that the Abyss Order have been manipulating him, and Venti's true identity is revealed: he is secretly Barbatos, the Anemo Archon, and was also the one who tutorial the Traveler during their battlewith Dvalin. The Traveler, accompanied by Jean, Diluc and Venti, pursue Dvalin to his websiteand free him from the Abyss Order's influence. Returning to Mondstadt, Venti is ambushed by Fatui Harbinger La Signora, who steals his Gnosis.
Venti advises the Traveler to travel to Liyue next to meet Rex Lapis, the Geo Archon. However, during a ritual, Rex Lapis is apparently killed, and his body hidden. The Traveler meets Fatui Harbinger Kid, who is secretly searching for Rex Lapis' gnosis. Kid manipulates the Traveler to destabilize Liyue by relaying the fresh of Rex Lapis' death to the Adepti, who lose faith in the Liyue Qixing. He then works with the Traveler and Zhongli, a funeral parlor consultant who is overseeing Rex Lapis' funeral. While working with Zhongli, Kid uncover the areaof Rex Lapis' body, which had been hidden away. The Traveler confronts Kid who attempts to take the Gnosis but is unable to searchit, concluding that Rex Lapis is still alive. To lure out Rex Lapis, Kid summons Osial, an ancient god once defeated by Rex Lapis, but the combined forces of the Traveler, the Liyue Qixing and the Adepti defeat it. Afterwards, Traveler uncover that Zhongli is the human vessel of Rex Lapis, who gives his Gnosis to Signora as part of a discreet contract with the Tsaritsa. Zhongli explains he faked his death as he wished to step down from his role as Archon, and that their defense of Liyue proved that they did not need his protection. Back in Mondstadt, the Traveler meets a mysterious individual named Dainsleif, and together they investigate a plot by the Abyss Order to create an artificial god to topple Celestia. While investigating, the Traveler reunites with their sibling, discovering that they have become the leader of the Abyss Order. The sibling reveals that Dainsleif was a guard of Khaenri'ah, and failed its people when the nation fell 500 years ago. Remarking that the Traveler will come to understand the true nature of the globeat the end of their journey, the sibling departs, and Dainsleif chases after them. The Traveler attempts to follow but is unable to, and resolves to continue their journey.
The Traveler decides that their next destination will be Inazuma; however, the nation has closed off its borders under order of the Electro Archon, the Raiden Shogun. They searcha ship captain, Beidou, who grants them passage to Inazuma after the Traveler victory her martial arts tournament. During the voyage, the Traveler learns more about the oppressive rule of the Raiden Shogun and her decree that all Visions are to be confiscated. Arriving on Inazuma, Beidou introduces the Traveler to Thoma, the Chief Retainer of the Kamisato Clan, who promises them an audience with the Raiden Shogun and invites them to the Kamisato Estate to meet Ayaka, the guilds eldest daughter. The Traveler reluctantly help the Kamisato Estate in resisting the Vision Hunt Decree. Thoma is captured by the Tenryou Commission and is designedto have his Vision confiscated by Raiden Shogun, but the Traveler intervenes. Although they lose the duel with Raiden Shogun, they are able to escape with Thoma and his Vision. Now with a bounty on their head, the Traveler seeks asylum with the resistance and assist them battlethe Shogun's army. The Traveler uncover that the Fatui was behind the Vision Hunt Decree and raids a Fatui facility in response, but they are ultimately defeated by the Fatui Harbinger Scaramouche. However, he spares their life after the Guuji of the Grand Narukami Shrine, Yae Miko, gives Scaramouche the Raiden Shogun's Gnosis. Yae Miko brings the Traveler to the shrine, where she reveals she utilize to be close mate with the Raiden Shogun and teaches the Traveler how to battleher. She then tasks the Traveler to discoverevidence that the Fatui was behind the decree, which she then gives to Kujou Sara, a member of the Tenryou Commission. Sara attempts to deliver the evidence to the Raiden Shogun, but is knocked out in front of her by Signora. The Traveler confronts and defeats Signora, who is subsequently killed by the Raiden Shogun before she once again challenges the Traveler to a duel. Thanks to the interference of Yae Miko and the power of the confiscated visions, the Traveler defeats the Raiden Shogun. Yae Miko and the Raiden Shogun reconcile, and she repeals the Vision Hunt Decree.
Genshin Impact began development as early as late January 2017, with an initial squadof 120 people, which grew to 400 by the end of that year, and reached 700 by February 2021. miHoYo revealed the game in June 2019 at E3 2019. The game was developed using the Unity engine. The game had a development and marketing budget of around $100 million, making it one of the most expensive video games to develop. Between the announcement and release closed beta try were held, allowing invited players to explore and interact with the open world. The game contain voice-overs in four languages, and 13 different languages for text.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is held in high regard by the development team, and is cited as one of the main inspirations for Genshin Impact. Development was aimed at making the game different and fun in rulesof its quest and combat systems as well as its random happening and mode of exploration. The game was plannedas a cross platform title, and developing the game for PC and PlayStation platforms permittedthe developers to raise graphical fidelity for the game, such as rendering realistic shadows. The overall artistic vision of the game is intended to combine "anime" art style with more key elements from real globecultures. For example, Liyue was first conceived of as a reimagining of Chinese culture through a fantasy perspective, and was combined with reference contentfrom Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and Tianmen Mountain to create the region.
Yu-Peng Chen of HOYO-MiX composed the game's original score, which was performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. The approach to creating the soundtrack is to immerse players within the game, and provide emotional and attractivemelodies. Based upon a foundation of Western music, the score also has regional and cultural influences added depending upon the region. For example, in Mondstadt Chen use woodwind instruments to reflect Mondstadt's association with victory and freedom. In contrast, the fightthemes utilize polyphony and other composing techniques, as well as mimicking orchestrion elements from composers such as Beethoven. A soundtrack album featuring melodyfrom the Mondstadt chapter of the game, "Townof Winds and Idylls", was released digitally on October 15, 2020. For his work on the soundtrack Chen was awarded the "Outstanding Artist—Newcomer/Breakthrough" at the 2020 Annual Game MelodyAwards. "Jade Moon Upon a Sea of Clouds", a soundtrack featuring melodyfrom the Liyue region, was released digitally on November 6, 2020. Dragonspine's soundtrack was released on April 2, 2021, titled "Vortex of Legends". A commemorative soundtrack for Version 1.0 of the game titled "The Shimmering Voyage" was released on July 19, 2021. Chen has expressed interest in releasing the soundtracks on CD, as well as hosting a concert in the future.
Genshin Impact was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Android, and iOS on September 28, 2020, and features cross-platform play between them. The game was angry playable on PlayStation 5 on November 11, 2020. On April 28, 2021, a proper PlayStation 5 version of the game was released, featuring enhanced visuals, faster loading, and DualSense controller support. The game will be released on Nintendo Switch, though no release window has been announced.
Prior to its release the game had over 10 million registrations, with over half of that from outside China. According to some, the game was the largestinternational release of any Chinese video game. In the lead up to release, the game won the Tokyo Game Show Media Awards 2020 public poll, ranking first among 14 other games.
Shortly after the beginof the game, miHoYo announced a schedule for materialupdates over the following months. These materialupdates are designedto be implemented into the game every six weeks. Additional patches in the future will add more happening and freshlocation of Teyvat. As a long-term project, much of the game remains to be finished. On release, only two of the seven major regions intended for the game were released, and miHoYo anticipates it will take several years for the game's story to be completed. In a presentation given in February 2021, miHoYo president Cai Haoyu estimated that ongoing development for the game would cost $200 million per year. miHoYo has begun releasing a manga detailing the background of its hero and the fictional globeof Teyvat, and other future plans containa line of comics, toys, and a possible movie.
When the game was first unveiled at 2019 ChinaJoy it was met with criticisms claiming that the game was blatantly copying Breath of the Wild. Zelda fans at the convention showed explicit gestures towards the Sony booth, with one individual destroying their PlayStation 4 in protest.
Shortly after release, players discovered that the game's kernel-based anti-cheat system would remain active after the game was closed or uninstalled, which raised concerns that the game had installed spyware. Some Japanese players using iOS devices also observed that the game read the material of players' clipboards while starting up. miHoYo announced that both problemswere the effectof coding errors and have been addressed and fixed.
On October 6, 2020, journalist and Twitch streamer Kazuma Hashimoto published a video on social media site Twitter demonstrating how Chinese political rulessuch as "Hong Kong" and "Taiwan" are censored within the in-game chat. As the developer of the game, miHoYo, is based in China, they are topicto China's censorship policy, which contain complying with a relatively hugelist of banned words that cannot be utilize in game or via chat. Other rulesnot associatedto Chinese politics are banned as well, such as "Putin", "Hitler", and "Stalin". Extending outside of purely political wordage, innocuous rulessuch as "enemies" and "words" were also being censored.
In November 2020, the game was met with controversy during a heros release, Zhongli, due to his gameplay and kit being viewed as badto the point where it was taken as an insult toward Chinese players. Mihoyo initially replied to the controversy regarding the character, saying that it was working as intended and there cannot be any worry over that. Later, Mihoyo problem an apology, and promised to improve the heros kit, through beta testing for version 1.3.
In March 2021, quickmealcompany KFC announced a collaboration happeningin China that offered exclusive pins and in-game stuffto customers who turned up and shouted the phrase "Meet in another world, enjoy delicious food!" at the restaurant's employees. As a result, KFC outlets in Shanghai, Nanjing, and Hangzhou were overrun with fans. Despite authorities' best efforts to maintain COVID-19 regulations, the promotion was forced to shut down.
In April 2021, some called for a boycott of the game over claims of bigotry in the game's content. Some other users pointed out how the only playable hero with dark skin were described as "exotic" or "scary" in the game. Criticism was also aimed at one of the game's adult hero expressing love towards another herothat appears to be a child, though this may have been an oversight as the heroin question was noted to have utilize an adult model during earlier stages of development.
The game's first anniversary celebrations in September 2021 get criticism due to the organizations handling on the event. Fans of the game criticized the anniversary rewards in comparison to rewards for community happening that favored materialcreators. Mihoyo did not release any comment about the rewards, and the game was review-bombed by fans, driving its overall score in the Google Play Shopdown from 4.5 initially, to 1.9. Mihoyo's other games, Honkai Impact 3rd and Tears of Themis get the same review-bombing by fans amidst the controversy. The organizationangry a formal apology to the players in response to the review bombing, responding with making the paid bundle packagedesignedto be sold in the upcoming live concert as a free 4-day login gift. The organizationstated that: "We’ve been paying close attention to various feedback regarding Genshin Impact's first anniversary. We’ve already come up with more celebrations including the coming Genshin Impact online concert and thank-you bonusesto express our gratitude for players’ assistanceall the methodalong. The opinions and feedback from players and fans are really valuable to us, and we wantall fans will continue the journeyand collect more cherished memories in Teyvat."
Several safetyvulnerabilities were uncovered shortly after the game's release.
The game has been criticized for lacking safetyfeatures ubiquitous on other page, like two-factor authentication. On October 19, 2020, a vulnerable safetyflaw was discovered that exposed the telephonenumber linked to a player's accduring the password recovery attempt on the miHoYo website, however the problemwas not rectified until November 9, 2020. miHoYo has problem notices following the wake of safetyexposures, informing players to be careful about sharing accdetails and to bind their accto their mailaddress and telephonenumber. In May 2021, two-factor authentication was added whenever the player signs in on a freshdevice.
Similar to other online games, the game use an anti-hacksystem implemented by a kernel driver. The driver is utilize to prevent other software from performing code injection, memory inspection, and other process manipulation.
Originally, the anti-hackdriver would remain loaded after the game exited. Due to controversy, this was modify shortly after the game's release to unload as soon as the game exits.
On October 2020, several vulnerabilities were discovered in the driver, all allowing privilege escalation between (lower) utilize-privilege processes and (higher) administrator-/system-privilege processes. Functionality contain lower-privilege software being able to read and write higher-privilege operating system kernel memory, read and write arbitrary memory in other software (regardless of privilege), terminate arbitrary processes regardless of protection (for example, an anti-virus), and perform denial-of-service attacks by intentionally crashing the system. The vulnerabilities were privately reported to miHoYo on the game's release, but still have not been fixed to this day.
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Genshin Impact get "generally favorable reviews" according to review aggregator Metacritic. The open globeof Teyvat drew praise; IGN's Travis Northup described Teyvat as "a globethat is absolutely bursting at the seams with possibilities", and Hardcore Gamer's Jordan Helm described it as "one giganticenvironmental puzzle". Liyue in particular was picked out by Kotaku's Sisi Jiang for being "one of the most exciting regions that I've visited in a video game in years", before continuing on to discuss how the region "present an idealized portrayal of Chinese social relations that exists in localized pockets". Game Informer characterized the game as an wonderfulexperience, noting that "[t]he gameplay loop of collection, upgrading, and customization is captivating and compelling". The execution of gameplay impressed Pocket Gamer, and Destructoid's Chris Carter called the combat system "one of the most interesting things" about the game. NPR remarked that the game had an abundance of materialdespite being free to play, and Forbes commended the game as one that feels coherent and complete. Gene Park of The Washington Post lauded the game as revolutionary for the genre, having players "imagine a mobile gaming globewith titles with quality that matches the industry's top-tier experiences". Polygon also praised the game for differentiating itself from its peers, heralding its arrival as mobile games become more mainstream and appealing to "an audience outside the typical mobile gaming demographic" and "freshplayers without the hardware to play more conventional and resource-hogging RPGs".
Most of the criticisms about Genshin Impact come from the endgame aspects of the game, Kotaku noting that although the game provides a solid experience it also has "some of the typical bullshit that comes along with a zero-dollar price tag". GameSpot echoed this criticism, noting that the game is "hampered a bit by the restrictions its free-to-play model imposes". Paul Tassi of Forbes criticized the resin system, noting that to progress past a certain point one must "spend an absurd amount of cashto receivearound the last few timegates [sic] of the game". PC Gamer said that playing the endgame becomes "a slog", and that the resin system "feels so unnecessary". Warning players about how predatory the monetization is, The Washington Post added that such a well-plannedgame from an aesthetic standpoint shouldlead some to gamble with the game's gacha system.
Apple awarded Genshin Impact with "iPhone Game of the Year" in the ApplicationStore Best of 2020 and the 2021 Apple Design Awards for Visuals and Graphics. The game also won Google Play's "Best Game of 2020" and was nominated for "Registrar' Choice Game" at the Best of 2020 awards. At the TapTap Game Awards 2020, the game won "Game of the Year". The game was also nominated for Best RPG and Best Mobile Game at The Game Awards 2020, and for Ultimate Game of the Year at the Golden Joystick Awards.
On mobile platforms, Genshin Impact saw 23 million downloads and grossed approximately $60 million within a week after its release. Within two weeks, that figure rose to over $100 million, recouping its development and marketing budget. Its powerfulperformance continued through October 2020 as the game was the highest-grossing game worldwide during that month. Its biggestrevenue came from China, Japan, South Korea, and the United States, with 69 percent of mobile revenue coming from outside China itself during this time period specifically. In the United States, its release was the biggestbeginof a role-playing game on mobile in history.
Genshin Impact had grossed over $393 million within two months after release and over $1 billion by the end of March 2021, the third highest revenue from a mobile game during that time frame after Honor of Lord and PUBG Mobile, making it one of the highest grossing mobile games of all time and the fastest game to reach that milestone on Google Play and the ApplicationStore. By October 2021, the game had grossed $2 billion.
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