Another recent game that reached the top spots in the Esports world within a very short period has to be Genshin Impact. Released for Microsoft Windows, Playstation 4, iOS, and Android in 2020, and on Playstation 5 in 2021, Genshin Impact has taken the gaming community by storm. The game already had over 10 million registrations prior to its release. According to some, the game was the biggest international release of any Chinese video game. In this blog, we’ll take a detailed look at how Genshin Impact had such a strong impact on the gaming population in China and around the world.
The worldwide release of Genshin Impact on September 28, 2020, was announced on August 17 for PC and mobile platforms, and on August 28 it was revealed that the Playstation 4 version would be released on the same date. The game was made available on PlayStation 5 through backward compatibility on November 11. On April 28, 2021, the PlayStation 5 version of the game was released, featuring enhanced visuals, improved loading times, and DualSense controller support. The game is soon expected to be released on Nintendo Switch, no official date has been announced yet though. The game features an anime-style open-world environment and an action-based battle system using elemental magic and character-switching. The game is free-to-play and is monetized through gacha-game mechanics where players can obtain new characters and weapons. The base game is expanded on a regular basis through patches using the games as a service model. Genshin Impact takes place in the fantasy world of Teyvat, which is home to seven distinct nations, each of which is tied to a different element and ruled by a different god. The story follows the Traveler, who has traveled across countless worlds with their twin sibling before becoming separated in Teyvat. The Traveler travels in search of the lost sibling with their companion Paimon and becomes involved in the affairs of Teyvat's nations.
The game was developed and published by miHoYo, a Chinese video game developer company based in Shanghai, China which was founded by 3 students back in 2012. The game was developed in a very intricate and detailed manner. Even when the game was released, it wasn't fully developed. The game’s Development began in 2017 and is currently ongoing. The game received generally positive reviews, with critics praising the game's combat mechanics and open-world immersiveness, but criticized its simplistic endgame and monetization model.
Genshin Impact is an open-world action role-playing game that allows the player to control one of four interchangeable characters in a party. Switching between characters can be done quickly during combat, allowing the player to use several different combinations of skills and attacks Characters may have their strengths enhanced in various ways, such as increasing a character's level and improving artifacts and the weapons that the character equips. In addition to exploration, the player can attempt various challenges for rewards. Scattered across Teyvat are bosses and challenges that reward highly valuable resources, such as Stormterror and the Electro Hypostasis, but claiming them uses up a currency called resin, which slowly regenerates over time. Completing these challenges grants the player progress towards increasing their Adventure Rank, which in turn unlocks new quests and challenges, and raises the World Level. The World Level is a measure of how strong the enemies within the world are and the rarity of rewards that defeating them gives.
A multiplayer mode is available in the form of a co-op. Up to 4 players can play together in the overworld and join Domains. Player matching can either be done by requesting to connect with another player. If the player wishes to clear a Domain with other players, they will be automatically matched up with others looking to tackle the same objective. The game features cross-platform play, so players on any platform can play with each other.
Other developments in the game
The game was critically acclaimed widely not just because of the interesting story and gameplay but also other things such as its music. Yu-Peng Chen of HOYO-MiX composed the game's original score, which was performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. In an interview published on April 2021. Chen expressed interest in releasing the soundtracks on CD, as well as hosting concerts in the future. The first concert was held virtually on October 3, 2021, titled "Melodies of an Endless Journey" and featured multiple bands and an orchestra performing various soundtracks from the game. A second virtual concert was held on February 4, 2022, titled "Reflections of Spring" featuring the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra performing soundtracks from the Liyue region. Exquisite music and gaming together, isn’t that a wonderful combo now?
Also, the game has been criticized for initially lacking security features ubiquitous on other sites, like two-factor authentication. On October 19, 2020, a vulnerable security flaw was discovered that exposed the phone number linked to a player's account during the password recovery attempt on the miHoYo website, however, the issue was not rectified until November 9, 2020. miHoYo has issued notices following the wake of security exposures, informing players to be careful about sharing account details and to bind their account to their email address and phone number. In May 2021, two-factor authentication was added whenever the player signs in on a new device. The security concerns were finally resolved by the developers after multiple complaints by the players.
Statistics and Achievements
- The game grossed more than $3 billion in its first year of release, the highest ever first-year launch revenue for any video game.
- The game had a development and marketing budget of around $100 million, making it one of the most expensive video games to develop.
- For Chen’s work on the soundtrack, he was awarded the "Outstanding Artist—Newcomer/Breakthrough" at the 2020 Annual Game Music Awards.
- As of December 2021, the game has grossed $3 billion on iOS and Android devices worldwide.
We hope this blog gave you some insight into what Genshin Impact is and how it made its way to the top amongst gamers and mainly in the Chinese gaming market.
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