The moment Genshin Impact fans have been waiting for almost since the game came out, is finally here. Inazuma, an often rumored, long-awaited gaming area inspired by Japan, launches July 21st. Not only that, it comes with such a big update that the Chinese developer Mihoyo has seen fit to jump the game’s version from 1.6 to 2.0.
Inazuma is the center of the upcoming update – a brand new region similar in size to the game’s two previous main areas, Mondstadt and Liyue. Where the former has a kind Breath of the Wild-meet-high-fantasy mood and the latter pays homage to many elements of Chinese culture, Inazuma is the anime-inspired game’s first foray into a region that is obviously inspired by Japanese traditions.
The trailer is not subtle about this, with architecture and archetypes (shogun, samurai, ninja) screaming Japan about as loud as possible, as well as a variety of cherry blossoms. That said, it all looks gorgeous Genshin Impactits lush art style, to the point fans are basically losing your head right now. The soundtrack of the new region was meanwhile recorded in collaboration with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, to give it an authentic taste.
A new region means many new things to do, including a “massive” number of new Archon missions and side missions. There will also be three new playable characters: Ayaka, who uses a katana and ice forces, Yoimiya, who uses bow and fire (and who will hopefully be better than other fire / bow character Amber, notoriously the game’s worst), and Sayu, who wind ninja.
On top of all this, Genshin Impact adds cross-progression between PS5, PS4, PC, Android and iOS versions of the game. Also: gardening! When version 2.0 is released, you will be able to collect and plant seeds in the fields of the realm of Serenitea Pot, which is basically the game’s player house system.
The update comes – along with new events and a number of systemic adjustments – in less than two weeks. I guess this means I should probably start doing my daily chores again, right.