Genshin Impact (Chinese: 原神 Yuán Shén, Primordial Gods , Japanese: 原神 Genshin, Primordial Gods) is an open-world action RPG developed and published by miHoYo for PC, iOS/Android, and PS4 platforms. The game is Free-to-Play with a Gacha monetization system in the form of Wishes. Players can explore the game's large world called Teyvat with over 25+ characters and various points of interest spread across the map. The game features an action combat playstyle that allows the player to swap between 4 individual characters in a party to quickly combo attacks.
Single-player gameplay is the focus of the game with Co-Op Mode available for certain activities.
Each character has two unique combat skills: a normal and a special skill. The normal skill can be used at any time except for the cooldown period immediately after use, while the special skill has an energy cost, requiring the user to amass sufficient elemental energy first.
Characters have control over one of seven natural elements: Cryo, Dendro, Pyro, Hydro, Anemo, Electro, and Geo.
Cooking is another significant aspect of Genshin Impact's gameplay. Players gather many resources in the course of their adventure, some of which can be turned into dishes via cooking. Some dishes regenerate characters' health, while others boost attack or defensive abilities.
Genshin Impact was announced in June 2019, with a release target of 2020, on both Windows and iOS.
At Sony's ChinaJoy 2019 event the game was announced as also being published for PlayStation 4. A Nintendo Switch version was announced on January 13, 2020, via press release.
On August 6, 2020, miHoYo announced that the PlayStation 4 release is set in Autumn 2020.
- The main menu screen and theme changes based on the time of day and the sunrise/sunset times for the user's location, which is inferred through the user's IP address.