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Genshin Impact: What is The Cross-Platform Money-Making Hit?

Genshin Impact is a cross-platform fantasy action Role-Playing Game (RPG) developed and published by Chinese developer miHoYo. The game has many features to discuss, so let’s take a look at just a few of them.

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Cross-Platform

Genshin Impact released as a free game on September 28, 2020 on PC, PlayStation 4, Android, and iOS with a Nintendo Switch release date currently slated for sometime in the future. Genshin supports full cross-platform capabilities giving players the ability to play with friends on other platforms as well as save character progress across multiple devices if they have logged in with the same email address on the platforms they wish to save progress. Cross-play and Cross-save has become mainstream for new releases since the launch of Epic Games’ Fortnite which seemingly launched the necessity for cross-platform play by fully supporting cross-play between all platforms including PlayStation, Xbox, PC, Android, Switch, and formerly iOS devices until a legal battle between Epic and Apple caused Fortnite to be removed from the App Store entirely. Currently, Genshin Impact is unavailable on Xbox as a spokesperson at miHoYo states: “We currently don’t have any plans for an Xbox version of the game” (Credit: GamesRadar). While this is certainly disappointing for JRPG fans on Xbox, there are still plenty of other ways that they can get their fix.

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Loot

One of the highlights of RPG games like Genshin is the loot. What kind of loot? How do you get the loot? How rare is the loot? (That’s enough loot for now, let’s call it treasure from now on). Genshin Impact and its world known as “Teyvat” offers a wide variety of treasure as well as plentiful ways to collect it. Currently, there seems to be several different categories of treasure:

  • Weapons
  • Artifacts
  • Character Development Items
  • Food
  • Materials
  • Precious Items

Each character has a specific weapon type. The character you start the game with, Traveler, for instance can wield Swords, but the next character that is unlocked, Amber, wields a Bow.

Weapon selection displaying Swords for Traveler
Traveler wielding a sword
Amber wielding a bow

Artifacts provide various bonus stats to each character when equipped. One artifact is the “Adventurer’s Flower” categorized as an Adventurer item, this increases Max HP by 1000 when the player has equipped 2 Adventurer Artifacts and when the player has equipped 4 Adventurer Artifacts, opening a chest regenerates 30% Max HP over 5 seconds.

Character Development Items are items that give varying amounts of experience (EXP) points depending on the rarity of the Item. A Purple tier material, Hero’s Wit rewards 20,000 EXP, a Blue tier material, Adventurer’s Experience rewards 5000 EXP, and a Green tier material, Wanderer’s Advice gives 1000 EXP.

Hero's Wit Character EXP Material

Food is fairly simple, players can consume different food to restore health and stamina as well as cook up a steak or some fish to enjoy for later. Materials are used to upgrade weapons and artifacts.

Precious Items are found throughout the world and are generally sought out to be used as currency for special items in the town of Mondstadt.

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Gacha

Gacha games like Genshin Impact, Fire Emblem Heroes, Dragalia Lost, and DragonBall Z Dokkan Battle, all implement the “gacha” mechanic. This mechanic is similar to a capsule-toy vending machine where players purchase an amount of in-game currency to then purchase an item similar to a loot box to receive random in-game units (characters in the case of Genshin). These units have a rarity attached to them and is typically in the range of 1-5 stars. The player’s goal is to obtain as many high tier (4-5 star) units as they can, since these units tend to be extremely rare. This mechanic entices players to spend more and more money in the hopes of receiving these high tier units. This form of monetization is typically found in many free-to-play games as a strategy to pull in revenue and maintain the game. In order to purchase one of the in-game purchasable currencies in Genshin Impact, players will need to choose an amount of currency to purchase. These amounts range from $5-$99.99 USD.

Paimon

Credit: Twitter

Paimon is your adorable flying little helper friend who guides you throughout the land of Teyvat from the tutorial onward. She kind of just floats around and talks to you every once in a while, but she actually has some excellently written dialogue, usually games like Genshin tend to have very poor writing, but I find myself actually enjoying most of the conversations had between characters, they seem natural and how normal people would actually tend to speak. Plus there is a fair bit of comic relief which is always welcome.

Have you played Genshin Impact yet? Do you enjoy Paimon as much as I do? Are you looking forward to seeing what the world of Teyvat has to offer? Let us know in the comments down below!

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