Mihoyo released a ton of new details about Genshin Impact version 1.1! This update introduces new playable characters, story content and PS5 support on November 11th. Mihoyo states that the game features improved visuals and faster loading times on PS5. Additionally, a new reputation system will be added to the game. Here are more details courtesy of IGN:
The update adds four new characters. Childe is a 5-star hydro archer that, unlike any other character, can switch between melee and ranged attacks. Zhongli is a 5-star geo polearm wielder with high defense, strong area-of-effect attacks, and can petrify enemies. Xinyan and Diona are new 4-star characters who have not yet been detailed, but will offer “more effective elemental combos and combat strategies”.
No major details have been revealed for the new series of quests coming in the 1.1 update, but we know that it will include the grand finale of the Liyue chapter, meaning there will be three full acts of quests in the core storyline. Producer and CEO Hugh Tsai tells IGN that more character-specific side quests will be added, too.
Seasonal Event – ‘Unreconciled Stars’
Unreconciled Stars is a two-week event, “which calls on all players to fight back against a sudden and terrible catastrophe facing Teyvat”. The event will add a series of quests, co-op challenges, and will offer rewards including 4-star character Fischl.
The new Reputation system will give players a separate rating in each of the game’s cities, which will build upon completing activities in the surrounding region. Building Reputation will offer region-exclusive rewards, including customisation options and some of the new items listed below.
New tools include a portable waypoint, portable stove, treasure compass, and oculus resonance stones (which will mark nearby Anemoculi and Geoculi. The update will also add a Wind Catcher item, which stores anemograna to create on-demand wind currents, allowing for more exploration.
A Fun Monster Cameo
More a bit of fun than a meaningful addition, Tsai also tells us that the 1.1 update will add a new special monster called the Forrest Hilichurl. “The team designed this monster as an in-game cameo of our company president, Forrest Liu, in hilichurl form,” the producer explains. “Players, whenever you feel in a bad mood, or there’s something you’re not happy about in the game — and after you’ve voiced your concerns via the Feedback function — please feel free to seek out this most unusual hilichurl and vent all of your frustrations on him with my blessing.”
Genshin Impact is out now for PS4, PC, iOS and Android. Lastly, a Switch version is currently in the works alongside a new region. Stay tuned at Final Weapon for the latest Japanese gaming news!