“This first ever partnership between miHoYo and PlayStation will let us bring Genshin Impact to the broad community of console players, while also welcome players from other platforms to PlayStation. We will be continuing to optimize the PlayStation® version of the game to ensure a smooth gameplay experience and adding exclusive content to the platform. We look forward to working with PlayStation® and listening to feedback from PlayStation® players to help us further improve Genshin Impact.”– Wei Liu, co-founder of miHoYo, during PlayStation Online Showcase in China.
Early August miHoYo Technology announced their newest gaming title, Genshin Impact. Some have described this game as a Breath of the Wild Clone, or even a direct rip off. Sony posted a blog of an interview with Sam Lai who is the PR communication representative for miHoYo. Sam stated that “you play as The Traveler, a figure who awakens from a long sleep on the shore alone, loses connection with their sibling and has scarce knowledge of the mysterious land.” Fans of the Breath of the Wild may find this description a little familiar. Link woke up from a long sleep, 100 years, and lost his connection to the people from the past including Princess Zelda. Needless to say, Zelda fans are furious.
While watching the trailer, it is clear that miHoYo has taken a few visual ideas from the Breath of the Wild. Some of the monsters look almost exactly like the Bokoblins and Moblins and even their caves that they reside. Even the reaction the monsters have when they see the player is the same from Breath of the Wild, the little yellow exclamation mark on top of their head. The gameplay trailer shows the world of Teyvat which is the setting for the game. The world of Teyvat seems very similar to the world of Hyrule and if I did not know better, I would have thought it was a trailer for Breath of the Wild 2. Zelda fans have not been taking this release lightly, many fans were seen at the 2019 China Gaming Expo holding their switch with the Breath of the Wild and flipping the miHoYo stand the bird. One viewer even took it upon themselves to destroy their Playstation 4 in protest in front of a crowd of attendees.
While miHoYo has definitely copied some aspects of Breath of the Wild, miHoYo has also created plenty of aspects that make it stand out from Breath of the Wild. An aspect you can expect to see in Genshin Impact is playing as different characters. There are 11 Characters currently announced to be playable, you can see their animations and gameplay here. With that, plays will also have seven natural elements to use in combat, Pyro, Hydro, Electro, and Cryo or Fire, Water, Electric and Ice respectively. As it stands right now, the Character Lisa, who seems to be some form of Electro Wizard, is my favorite character.
All the negative publicity aside, the game truly looks amazing. The graphics, the scenery, and characters are beautiful and it seems to play very fluid and the combat seems fast-paced. The music is truly beautiful, where some songs are sad and somber, others like the music in the trailer is live and exciting. I hope the music in the game will fit and enhance the experience. You can find the current soundtrack from the Beta online and I have spent several hours just listening to the amazing tracks that the composer of Genshin was able to create. I was not able to find the name of the composer to credit them, so if you have information on who the composer is for this title, please contact us.
The combat system is different from that of Breath of the Wild as well. In the Gameplay trailer, you see the player using combo abilities and large AOE spells to defeat their foes. Players will be chaining together attacks and spells to defeat small monsters and bosses. There seems to also be some form of special ability or a combo breakability that causes much more damage to the player’s target. From the gameplay trailer, it seems like there might be a dungeon system as well, where players may have to traverse a dungeon to defeat an enemy and to collect epic loot.
Genshin Impact is an open-world RPG from developer miHoYo, is scheduled to release on the PS4 in 2020. Its release will mark the first time that the developer has ventured out of the mobile games market onto consoles and PC. Stay tuned to Critical Strike for further coverage on Genshin Impact and be sure to check out miYoHo’s website here and follow them on Twitter for more updates.