Five Things You Should Expect from Genshin Impact’s Ver. 2.2 release

Featuring new features, fixes, faces, and fanfare!

MiHoYo has announced the arrival of the newest Genshin Impact version 2.2 this October, and that means new things to look out for. Here are five things you should expect from 2020’s biggest Gacha RPG.

A new island to discover

Tsurumi Island, the last major island of Inazuma, is finally open to Travelers with Version 2.2. The island is shrouded in dense fog, and players may easily get lost and encounter unprecedented challenges while exploring this area. The Rifthounds and the Rifthound Whelps are dangerous stealthy beasts lurking in the fog, waiting to launch a sneak attack. When an attack hits a character, all party members will be affected by the “Corrosion” status and continually lose HP regardless if they’re shielded or not. In addition, Tsurumi Island appears to be the focus of recent research by a scholar from Sumeru. In the “Shadow of the Ancients” event, players have to accomplish investigation commissions across Mondstadt, Liyue, and Inazuma to defeat an “Anomalous Model Ruin Grader” that seems to be constantly drawing power from an unknown source of energy to regenerate itself.

New stories to unfold

A brand-new series of seasonal events are also here along with the new update. In the “Labyrinth Warriors” event, players can venture into a mystic domain in Inazuma with “Childe” Tartaglia, Eleventh of the Fatui Harbingers, and Xinyan, Liyue’s rock ‘n’ roll musician. You will also be accompanied by a strange paper figure named “Shiki Taishou” who can provide special help and buffs. Tough fights and valuable rewards in the event shop await brave warriors. With another seasonal event “Tuned to the World’s Sounds”, players can enjoy the rhythm game and play different styles of music with Ningguang, Zhongli, Keqing, Xiao, Sangonomiya Kokomi, Kamisato Ayaka, and the Raiden Shogun.

Thoma debuts as a playable character

Thoma, the popular “fixer” who made his debut in the Inazuma storyline, will be joining as a new four-star playable character. Thoma holds a Pyro Vision and wields a polearm as his weapon. He is also a reliable teammate in combat, providing strong defense and buffs. Players may recruit him in the second Event Wish featuring Thoma and Hu Tao after Childe’s return in the first Event Wish. Hangout Events for Thoma and Sayu will also be available with Version 2.2.

Aloy will now be available for all users

Initially available on Ver 2.1 exclusively for PlayStation 4 and 5 players, Genshin Impact’s first crossover player will debut on other platforms with the 2.2 update. Aloy is the main character from the PlayStation-exclusive Horizon series of games and will come to Genshin Impact’s World of Teyvat with the Cryo element and bow weapon in hand. All players who have not received this five-star character will get it for free upon the new version, as well as her accompanying side quests that give a closer look at the character in the new world.

Improvements to gameplay and More features to love

With Version 2.2, plenty of optimizations will also be added to the current gameplay, and DualSense Controller support will be available on Genshin Impact’s PC version for the first time. More features are added into the Serenitea Pot, including a new Inazuma-themed realm layout “Silken Courtyard,” more Inazuma-style Furnishing Blueprints, a new furnishing type, Floating Platform, and flowers that can be used as furnishings from the limited-time “Dreams of Bloom” event.

Cross-save for Playstation, PC, and Mobile will be further improved in version 2.2, as you can now switch onto another platform and still continue with what you have progressed so far without any hassle.

Genshin Impact’s Ver 2.2 is coming to the PlayStation, PC, and Mobile starting October 13th.

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