Today developer MiHoYo revealed details and a release date of the upcoming version 1.6 of Genshin Impact.
The update will come on on June 9 for PS5, PS4, PC, iOS, and Android.
It will bring alternate character outfits for the first time and a new hero from Inazuma, on top of the Midsummer Island Adventure content.
You can check out the trailer, screenshots, and artwork of Inazuma below.
Here’s how MiHoYo describes the update in the press release.
“In the upcoming update, the story begins when Klee receives a mysterious letter from a “Dodo-King” threatening to take Dodoco away from her. To help Klee and Dodoco, the Traveler will sail on a boat called a “Waverider” and explore a secluded archipelago scattered over a remote sea area in search of the mysterious “Dodoland.” During the search, players’ wits will be put to the test in a series of challenges, including a tough fight with Maguu Kenki. This new opponent can summon phantoms, dealing both Anemo and Cryo damage, and can only be taken down while in close-range combat. By completing these challenges, players can obtain event currencies to redeem valuable resources and the brand-new four-star catalyst “Dodoco Tales” to full refinement from the Event Shop.
Two summer-themed outfits will also be added, and players may dress up Jean and Barbara with the new alternate attire in the game. Jean’s outfit “Sea Breeze Dandelion” will be available for purchase in the in-game Shop at a limited-time discount. Barbara’s outfit “Summertime Sparkle” will be free to claim by completing certain requirements in the Echoing Tales event.
Kaedehara Kazuha, the first playable character from Inazuma, will also make his debut in Version 1.6. Wielding the power of Anemo and a sword, Kazuha is a powerful five-star character who can provide strong control and additional buffs to the team. His Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst can not only deal Anemo damage and effectively control enemies, but also deal additional elemental damage if they come into contact with Hydro, Pyro, Cryo, or Electro. At the same time, by triggering a Swirl reaction, Kazuha can further buff his teammates with an Elemental Damage Bonus for their corresponding Element.
Kazuha will also be featured in the new Archon Quest. Traveling with Beidou and her Crux Fleet, this wandering samurai will provide clues about the way to the closed-off Inazuma. Besides, more concept art about Inazuma, the third major city in Genshin Impact, and its surrounding area have also been revealed to fans in the latest live stream.
To further improve current gameplay, new features and optimizations will be added in Version 1.6, including a new feature of the Serenitea Pot that allows players to invite characters they own to reside in their realm. Characters in the player’s realm will gradually accumulate Character Companionship Experience over time, and this rate of increase will be affected by the Adeptal Energy Rank.”
If you want to see more of Genshin Impact, you can enjoy another trailer about Diluc, one focusing on Venti, two trailers introducing Fischl, three showcasing Klee, one on Jean, one on Keqing, a whopping three featuring Childe, one showing Zhongli, one featuring Xinyan, one focusing on Albedo, more on Ganyu, one on Xiao, one on Hutao, one on Rosaria, one on Yanfei, and one focusing on Eula.
Genshin Impact is now available for PS4, PS5, PC, iOS, and Android. A Switch version is also planned down the line, but we still don’t have a specific release date for Nintendo’s console.
We also interviewed MiHoYo about the game’s platforms, inspiration, and more. Lastly, you can read our review.