Nearly 10 months after its official launch, Genshin Impact is finally releasing the highly-anticipated Version 2.0 update, expanding the map for the first time with the third of the game's seven major cities, Inazuma.
Titled "The Immovable God and the Eternal Euthymia", the update will take players across the sea to Inazuma, ruled over by the Electro Archon and featuring its own unique cultures, creatures, and aesthetic. Apart from the new region, players can also look forward to a generous amount of new content such as new playable characters and more.
New playable characters
The much-hyped about character Kamisato Ayaka is finally making her debut in this update. She is a Cryo sword-user known as the Frostflake Heron. Accompanying her is Pyro archer and fireworks expert Yoimiya the Frolicking Flames, as well as Sayu the Muhina Ninja, the first Anemo claymore user in the game. The latter is notably voiced by Twitch personality Lily Ki, better known as Lily Pichu, in the English version.
Though not officially revealed, several other key characters have been revealed and expected to be playable in the future. These include the Electro Archon Baal, Thoma, Kajou Sara, Gorou, Kokomi, as well as Yae Miko, which appears to be inspired by Yae Sakura from miHoYo's other popular title Honkai Impact 3rd.
Players can also expect to finally unlock the Electro element for their traveller.
New world bosses and enemies
The Hypostasis family will be receiving a new member: the Pyro Hypostasis. Maguu Kenki, first introduced and currently situated in the Golden Apple Archipelago, will be getting his forever home as a world boss in Inazuma. Finally, a new boss called the Perpetual Mechanical Array will also be making its debut.
As for open world enemies, we will be seeing the Ruin Guards' smaller relatives, the Ruin Sentinels, which appear to be able to take on multiple forms. You will also meet Inazuman human enemies such as rogue Ronin who have turned to banditry, as well as a new Fatui enemy called the Mirror Maiden.
The Version 2.0 special program also revealed 2 five-star weapons that will be featured in the upcoming weapon banner, as well as a 5 four-star weapons which can be forged:
Thundering Pulse, a five-star bow
Mistsplitter Reforged, a five-star sword
Hamayumi, a four-star bow
Amenoma Kageuchi, a four-star sword
Kitain Cross Spear, a four-star spear
Katsuragikiri Nagamasa, a four-star claymore
Hakushin Ring, a four-star catalyst
New artifact sets
New domains, presumably located in Inazuma, will offer two new artifact sets as follows:
Emblem of Severed Fate
2-piece set: +20% Energy Recharge
4-piece set: Increases Elemental Burst damage by 25% of Energy Recharge. A maximum of 75% bonus damage can be obtained in this way
2-piece set: +18% attack
4-piece set: When casting an Elemental Skill, if the character has 15 or more Energy, they lose 15 Energy and Normal/Charged/Plunging Attack damage is increased by 50% for ten seconds.
New and returning events
Beidou fans will be pleased to know that they will be able to unlock Beidou (or an additional constellation for existing users) via the Thunder Sojourn event. The popular tower defense event Theatre Mechanicus will also be making a return, along with the Ley Line Overflow event. New players will finally have the chance to earn a Mini Seelie pet (now featuring a new colour!) with the return of the Lost Riches event, while the Phantom Flow event allows players to farm Primogems, Mora, weapon and character EXP material, as well as what appears to be new talent enhancement material.
Gardening and other new mechanics
The Serenitea Teapot will be receiving a gardening-related upgrade. Madame Ping will be providing the player with a Seed Dispensary item, which you can use to collect seeds from the open world and plant them in the fields within your Serenitea Pot. Plant plots will have to be purchased from Tubby.
The weapons banner will also be receiving a pity system called the "Epitomized Path", whereby players will obtain Fate Points whenever they draw an undesired 5-star weapon that can be accumulated to select the next 5-star weapon they receive.
Artifacts will also be able to be recycled via the "Mystic Offering" function in the crafting bench. Players can offer 3 five-star artifacts in exchange for an Artifact Strongbox, which contains a random artifact from 4 selectable types.
In addition to all the new content, miHoYo has also announced that the cross-save function across PlayStation5, PlayStation4, PC, Android, and iOS will finally be implemented.
The Version 2.0 update will be coming to Genshin Impact on 21 July 2021. You may watch the entire Version 2.0 special program here, or watch the official 5-minute trailer here: