Genshin Impression is among the extra gargantuan and, after a sure level, grindy video games at present in existence, however its gamers stay ravenous for Content material. On February 3, they are going to be briefly sated by a giant new occasion: The Lantern Ceremony Competition, which is able to carry with it a brand new playable character, tales and challenges, and a tower defense-like mode.
Throughout a stream at this time, developer Mihoyo introduced that the Lantern Ceremony Competition would be the centerpiece of Genshin Impression’s 1.3 replace and outlined what it’ll include. Going down in Liyue Harbor, the occasion will deck the place out in—what else—lanterns. As a result of Mihoyo is aware of what retains gamers coming again (trace: it’s scorching anime characters), your first order of enterprise shall be finishing a narrative quest centered on a brand new playable character: Xiao, the conqueror of demons.
Xiao is a polearm-wielding Anemo (learn: wind) elemental, and one in all his talents permits him to provoke a plunging assault from any peak with out taking fall injury. The assault’s injury is set by how excessive up he’s when he begins, so I’m excited for the inevitable flood of YouTube movies through which gamers one-shot powerful bosses by skewering them from the highest of the world. Xiao additionally has an elemental burst skill known as “Bane of All Evil,” which sees him don a cool masks and enhance his injury and AOE, however at the price of his HP.
Through the Lantern Ceremony occasion, gamers who’re Journey Rank 23 and better will be capable to undertake Xiao’s quest, no story key wanted. After the occasion wraps up, nonetheless, you’ll must be 32 or increased, and for those who don’t have a narrative key, then you definitely’ll have to earn one by finishing eight commissions, that are mainly day by day quests. In case there was any doubt, Mihoyo needs gamers to return again and resume enjoying (and buying Primogems) sooner fairly than later.
Driving this level dwelling, the Lantern Ceremony Competition may also embrace a Ley Line overflow occasion, throughout which the particular challenges (which require Genshin’s ceaselessly maligned “resin” forex) will grant double rewards. This occasion will run for a restricted time alongside the Lantern Ceremony Competition. At the moment, neither has a set finish date, although gamers are speculating that it’ll in all probability be mid-February. At that time, the Lantern Ceremony Competition is not going to be gone ceaselessly, but it surely gained’t recur till subsequent 12 months.
After you’ve accomplished Xiao’s quest, the Lantern Ceremony Competition will start in earnest. It will likely be composed of a number of elements, together with a particular occasion retailer known as the Xiao Market, which, in keeping with the voice actors internet hosting the stream, confusingly has no connection to the character Xiao. The shop will unlock new items in phases, as you full requests and tales to refill a “Festive Fever” meter.
You’ll be capable to earn occasion forex by finishing varied actions, together with a brand new mode known as Theater Mechanicus, which seems to be a hybrid of Genshin Impression fight and tower protection preparation. In it, you organize Mechanici—little robotic chess piece-looking dudes—to defend a territory, and then you definitely combat waves of monsters alongside them.
There’s additionally a brand new photography-based exercise that looks like a enjoyable (although barely coercive) change of tempo. Every day of the occasion, there’ll be a brand new photograph topic. You’ll have 10 possibilities per day to make use of a brand new merchandise known as the “Kurious Kamera” (lmao) to snap a photograph of the corresponding object, which, in flip, will web you a random photograph as a reward. No, that’s not a typo. Sure, you’re getting a photograph for a photograph. Every photograph has a colour. If you happen to acquire a whole set of 5 colours, you may change it for a fortune trove, which incorporates Primogems and supplies. Now, as a result of photograph rewards are random, there’s an opportunity you’ll get a number of matching colours. The system, then, is designed to encourage you to make and commerce with in-game mates.
Alongside these main options, the replace may also embrace high quality of life enhancements like a “dwelling beings” archive class that allows you to see detailed information about the whole lot you’ve encountered within the sport world, in addition to additions to your character display. Character ascension—that’s, enhancing characters after they’ve hit max stage—may also turn out to be simpler, with new unlockable gadgets that may permit gamers to craft one elemental materials into one other and transmute supplies.
Lastly, there’ll be threatening new rock dragon monsters known as Geovishaps so that you can hunt, first by sending characters of your selecting (together with one belonging to a pal) on expeditions, after which by going to their location and ending the job your self. The following boss fights will apparently be fairly powerful. Hopefully there shall be some very excessive cliffs overhead.