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Further information: miHoYo

miHoYo is a Chinese video game development and publishing studio based in Shanghai, China, and are the creators of Genshin Impact, as well as Honkai Impact 3rd.

History

miHoYo was founded in 2012 by Liu Wei (better known as Da Wei), Cai Haoyu, and Luo Yuhao, three graduate students of Shanghai Jiao Tong University who shared a passion for technology and ACG (anime, comics, and games) culture. These otakus formed what has become not just a game company, but an original IP creator with its own anime, manga, light novels, music, and more that expand upon the engaging worlds and stories of games.[1]

  • In 2011, miHoYo released FlyMe2theMoon on iOS platform as an indie developer.
  • In 2012, miHoYo Co., Ltd. was registered. The first game released after the company founding was Honkai Gakuen on iOS platform. (Because of its 32-bit kernel, Honkai Gakuen was hidden in App Store above iOS 12.)
  • In 2014, they released Honkai Gakuen 2 (which serves as a replacement of original Honkai Gakuen).
    • The project of Honkai Impact 3rd was started in the same year.
    • Since then, they have seen success releasing anime-style games that primarily appealed to mobile gamers. The majority of their early titles were successful within Asia, however they would not reach global success until the release of Honkai Impact 3rd.[2]
  • On May 31, 2019, Cooking with Valkyries, the anime adaption of Honkai Impact 3rd, was announced.
  • In June 2019, Genshin Impact was announced, and had its first Closed Beta Test on June 21.
  • In July 2019, Tears of Themis was announced with its first PV on July 29.
  • On December 18, 2019, on the NVIDIA GTC China 2019 conference, Huang Renxun disclosed miHoYo's development of a third-person shooter game code-named "Project X," which will be released in 2021 and supports ray tracing technology.
  • On July 30, 2020, Tears of Themis was released.
  • On August 4, 2020, N0va Desktop, miHoYo's first dynamic desktop wallpaper software, was released on PC.
  • On September 15, 2020, Genshin Impact was released with PC technical open test, and was simultaneously released globally on September 28.
    • Genshin Impact is one of their most popular games with 17 million downloads within release week and makes $6 million a day.[3]
  • On December 1, 2020, N0va Desktop was released on Android.
  • On October 5, 2021, Honkai: Star Rail was announced, and had its first Closed Beta Test on October 27.

Games Developed

Year Title Genre Platform
English Chinese Japanese
2011 FlyMe2theMoon[4] Role-playing
Paid
iOS
2012 Zombiegal Kawaii 崩坏学园
Bēnghuài Xuéyuán
崩壊学園
Houkai Gakuen
Shooting
Paid
iOS
2014 Houkai Gakuen 2 崩坏学园2
Bēnghuài Xuéyuán 2
崩壊学園2
Houkai Gakuen 2
Shooting
Gacha
iOS, Android
2016 Honkai Impact 3rd 崩坏3
Bēnghuài 3
崩壊3rd
Houkai 3rd
Action Role-playing
Gacha
iOS, Android, PC
2020 Tears of Themis 未定事件簿
Wèidìng Shìjiànbù
未定事件簿
Mitei Jikenbo
Role-playing
Gacha
iOS, Android
2020 Genshin Impact 原神
Yuánshén
原神
Genshin
Open-world Role-playing
Gacha
iOS, Android, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
2021
(TBR)
Honkai: Star Rail 崩坏:星穹铁道
Bēnghuài: Xīngqióng Tiědào
崩壊:スターレイル
Houkai: Sutaa Reiru
Turn-based Role-playing
Paid
iOS, Android, PC

References

  1. Genshin Impact (Official Website) - About Us, accessed October 5, 2020.
  2. Ye, Josh (December 5, 2018). "This hit anime schoolgirl game looks Japanese, but it's from China". South China Morning Post.
  3. Chan, Khee Hoon (March 3, 2021). "Mobile games have quietly exploded". Polygon.
  4. Who Exactly is Genshin Impact Developer miHoYo?, accessed November 22, 2020.
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