Genshin Impact (Chinese: 原神 Yuánshén) is a free-to-play action RPG developed and published by miHoYo. The game features a fantasy open-world environment and action based combat system using elemental magic, character switching, and gacha monetization system for players to obtain new characters, weapons, and other resources. The game can only be played with an internet connection and features a limited multiplayer mode allowing up to four players in a world.
The game was released worldwide on September 28, 2020 for PC, iOS/Android, and PlayStation 4. A PlayStation 5 version was released on November 11, 2020 which features cross-save support with the PlayStation 4. A second PC version released on the Epic Games Store on June 9, 2021. The game is also planned to release on the Nintendo Switch.
Players can explore the game's large fantasy 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 skill 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 at E3 2019. Mihoyo sought to create a game that was distinct from Honkai Impact 3rd in terms of its quest and combat systems as well as its random events and mode of exploration. Genshin Impact was designed as a cross platform title, developing the game on PC and PlayStation platforms allowed the developers to raise graphical fidelity for the game, such rendering realistic shadows. 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. The game had a development and marketing budget of around $100 million.
The game was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Android, and iOS on September 28, 2020, and features cross-platform play between them. The game was released on PlayStation 5 on November 11, 2020, improving graphics and loading times over the PlayStation 4 version. The PlayStation 5 version of Genshin Impact was officially released on April 28, 2021. The game will also be released for Nintendo Switch, but no release date has been announced. Genshin Impact will also be available on the Epic Games Store for Windows users starting on June 9, 2021.
- The main menu screen and soundtrack 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.
- (as of v1.4) The term Genshin is not used in game. Instead an alternative term Allogene is used in its place (and only during the quest Ending Note) - the term refers to a Vision holder who has the potential to become a god. In other translations of the game 'Genshin' or close equivalents are used in place of 'Allogene'.
- Unlike its sister game, Honkai Impact 3rd, Genshin features a full English voice cast for all the playable characters and also most NPCs.
- The game draws heavy inspiration from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, from Domains to certain weapons and enemies to stamina and puzzles.