Horizon Zero Dawn leader Aloy joins Genshin Impact as a free five-star rating available to all players.
PlayStation and developer MiHoYo unveiled the incredible crossover earlier today. Aloy, “The Savior from Another World”, will not only be Genshin’s first major crossover character, but she will also be the first free five-star character in the game’s history. While the players could have received enough free wishes for more than five stars, the game has never outright given a specific one before. Not only that, “a free four-star bow that gives Aloy a special buff” will also be included, but per a tweet from PlayStation Europe, it will only be available on PS4 and PS5.
Aloy will be a timed PlayStation exclusive to launch, but only for an update, as MiHoYo explained in a blog posts at the event. PS4 and PS5 Genshin Impact players will be able to claim Aloy just by logging in during update 2.1, which starts on October 13th and runs until version 2.2 comes on November 24th.
With Genshin Impact cross-save now available, it would be possible for PC and mobile gamers to create a PlayStation account and claim Aloy early. In an email to GamesRadar +, MiHoYo confirmed that this will work and “players can unlock Aloy on PlayStation first and later enjoy the character on PC or mobile platforms.” We also asked if Aloy would receive her own event or story assignment, but the studio keeps details close to her chest for now.
PC and mobile phone users will be able to claim Aloy normally by logging in during update 2.2 – sometime between 24 November and the release of update 2.3 on 5 January 2022 or thereabouts.
Aloy will be available to all players who are Adventure Rank 20 or higher. You can beat AR20 in a few days if not hours, so even new players will be able to catch Aloy during event periods. However, she will not be available on PlayStation after update 2.2 comes, and in the same way for PC and mobile players until update 2.3, so be sure to claim her while you can.
We know that Aloy will be a cryo bow user, but we do not know much else about her abilities. The only other five-star cryo-archer is Ganyu, who is considered the strongest pest in the game, so Aloy has some great shoes to fill. In an email, MiHoYo said that Aloy uses “unique combination skills” and “cryo elemental power skills”, which is not much to continue, but it suggests that she will deal with cryo damage with her normal and / or charged attacks, a lot as Ganyu and the upcoming archer Yoimiya.
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