This week I will admit that I never saw coming, miHoYo has just released official art and news that Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn and the upcoming Horizon Forbidden West are coming to Genshin Impact.
Yes, you heard that right. And she’s going to be free. No gacha cover required.
Genshin has never made any transitions like this before, sometimes he did things with Honkai Impact, MiHoYo̵
From now on, there are few details about this collaboration, Aloy simply appeared on Genshin’s social feeds like all other characters, and early in the day they rolled out Inazuma heroes we had already seen.
Aloy’s Genshin movie pretty much tells the story of Horizon Zero Dawn, and simply says that she has come to Tevyat “in search of a new challenge.”
All we know about her is that she’s a 5 star cryo bow user, and yes, this is a lot different than saying, Fortnite gets an Aloy skin (which it has) because they have to design an entire character set around her. This is more like a new character from Smash Bros.
Genshin Impact has had a partnership with Sony and PlayStation from the beginning, and recently implemented cross games between PlayStation and PC / mobile, but I do not think anyone expected a collaboration at this level.
Aloy appears to be a 5-star character that will be free for anyone who logs in * on PS4 or PS5 * after October 13, and will be delivered through the game’s in-game email system. Aloy will then be free to everyone players, even PC and mobile, after November 24. In short, she is PS exclusive for a month and a half, but is not part of the gacha system. No word on whether she has her own unique weapon or not, as nothing was said about it.
Obviously, this is meant to promote Aloy’s return in Horizon Forbidden West, out this fall on PlayStation 4 and 5, but if Genshin is willing to make a collaboration like this, the door seems pretty open for any kind of cross-campaign in the future. I’m thinking 5 star Pyro Kratos for God of War 2 …
In any case, this is a pretty wild development, not only because of the collaboration, but also because of the distribution, the first free 5-star rating given directly to the players since your traveler, although there is nothing to tell where strong Aloy will be – games. To live up to her reputation, I hope she becomes a powerhouse, but we’ll see.
Wild stuff from Genshin here, who already has a huge week with his new expansion. More to come.
Update: Aloy do has a bow, a 4-star which is also free:
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