Free 2 play online game Genshin Impact has taken the game world by storm. The long-term development paid off in less than 14 days, while its popularity continues to grow sharply.
At first glance, Genshin Impact may seem like the next of many free 2 play anime games, the popularity of which is limited to specific Asian markets, but this is not the case. This long-developed action RPG is so sophisticated that it quickly found its way into Western markets.
Although the game is basically free, it earns authors millions of dollars in microtransactions. People praise the fact that Genshin Impact is not as intrusive when pulling money out of pockets than most of its competitors. It is paid mainly for cosmetic improvements and faster gathering of experience, but if you are not in a hurry, you can have great fun without spending a single crown.
Genshin Impact is a free-to-play action role-playing game developed and published by miHoYo. The game features a fantasy-based open world environment and action based battle system, using elemental magic, character switching and uses gacha game monetization for players to obtain rare characters, weapons, and other resources. A multiplayer mode currently allows up to four players to play together in the world and also tackle certain dungeons within the game. It was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Android and iOS on September 28, 2020. The game will be available on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 5 on an unannounced date.
Genshin Impact takes place on the fictional world of Teyvat, which is home to several nations. Each nation is associated with an element and worships a god associated with that element. A pair of twins arrive on Teyvat in the distant past, but are barred from leaving by an unknown god. After trapping one, she seals the other for some time. After the sealed twin, who is referred to as ‘Traveler,’ awakens, they travel across Teyvat with their newfound companion, Paimon, in a search for the other twin.
The game received fairly positive reception at release, with journalists praising the open world direction and the combat; however, criticisms were raised at its monetization. The game grossed over $100 million in twelve days, recouping its development and marketing budget of around $100 million. The game’s largest markets are China, Japan, South Korea, and the United States.
The game features an open-world map, which the player explores by walking, climbing, swimming and gliding as necessary. Many objects and places of significance are spread throughout the map. Players can control up to four of their characters at any one time. By completing quests to advance the story, the player is able to unlock a total of 24 playable characters. A similarly styled multiplayer mode is available. The game features cross-platform play as well as cross-save options.
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, which correspond to ice, life, fire, water, air, electricity, and earth, respectively. These elements can interact in different ways, for example if a Hydro attack is followed up by a Cryo attack, it will inflict a frozen status, so the target will be unable to move or perform actions temporarily.
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 takes place on the world of Teyvat, which is divided into several nations and regions. Currently, there are two nations within the game that the player can visit: Mondstadt and Liyue. Mondstadt, known as the city of freedom, worships Barbatos, the wind archon and sits on an island in the middle of a lake. Mondstadt’s region occupies the northeastern half of the map, and in the southeastern half of the map lies the nation of Liyue, which worships the geo archon Rex Lapis and is the largest market harbor in Teyvat. Each nation takes inspiration from a real world region, incorporating regional aesthetics. Mondstadt uses central European influences, while Liyue uses many common Chinese elements, such as the Stone Forest.
In a world called Teyvat, certain individuals chosen by the gods are given a Vision — magical gemstones that give their bearers the ability to control an element. The player starts out as a Traveler of unknown origin who is searching for a lost sibling. The player can choose between a male or a female version of the Traveler. As the adventure progresses, the player controls several other characters met by the Traveler on their journey, each with unique personalities and special abilities, as they undertake quests to understand the truth about the primordial gods of this world.
The game starts as two twins traveling across the stars arrive in Teyvat and find that it is ablaze with the fires of war. However, as they attempt to leave, they encounter and fight a mysterious god. The god captures one of the twins and seals away the other one, depending on the choice of the player. Some undisclosed amount of time later, the twin awakens, and meets Paimon while fishing. On their way, they encounter a dragon named Stormterror, which later attacks the town of Mondstadt. After saving the town, the twin meets Jean, the leader of the Knights of Favonius, joins the Knights and is sent to numerous temples to restore stability to the region. It is discovered that the dragon’s true name is Dvalin, and that he was once a guardian of Mondstadt. The Traveler encounters a bard named Venti, who is actually Barbatos, the archon presiding over Mondstadt. Venti develops a plan to quell Dvalin’s rage, for which they need to steal a holy lyre, that by playing it to Dvalin would calm his rage. However, they are beaten to it by a member of the Fatui, a group of secret agents from the nation of Snezhnaya, and are framed for the robbery. The Traveler and Venti take refuge with bar owner Diluc, where they are reunited with Jean, who is working unofficially with the group to avoid destroying diplomatic relations with Snezhnaya. The group retrieves the lyre from a nearby Fatui hideout, and repairs it. Venti plays the lyre to summon Dvalin, but it is revealed he is under the influences of the Abyss Mages, sorcerers who are a part of the Abyss Order that despise humanity. The group pursues Dvalin to his hideout, and frees him from the Abyss Mages’ influence. After returning the lyre, the Traveler and Venti are ambushed by the Fatui, and Venti’s Gnosis, a conduit that allows Venti to use magic, is stolen. The Traveler resolves to meet all seven of the archons, and Venti advises the Traveler to travel to Liyue to meet Rex Lapis, the god presiding over the city, as he may have information on the other twins’ whereabouts. However, Rex Lapis is assassinated, and the twin petitions the adepti, spiritual guardians of Liyue, for help. Once they return to Liyue, they contact several officials to meet the body of Rex Lapis, which has been hidden away for unknown reasons. Helping prepare the ritual for the fallen archon, they receive an invitation to meet the Liyue Qixing, the person in charge of the commerce within Liyue.