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Genshin Impact

Platform(s): Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, iOS
Genre: Action/Adventure
Developer: MiHoYo
Release Date: Sept. 28, 2020

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'Genshin Impact' v4.3 Update Next Week, Adds New Characters And More, Online Concert Returns Later This Month - Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 8, 2023 @ 11:19 a.m. PST

As an open world action title, Genshin Impact highlights its feature as freely explorable world, multiple playable characters, an in-depth elemental combo-based combat system and an engaging story.

Genshin Impact aims to offer an immersive adventure experience with vast, breathtakingly beautiful landscapes, an engaging element-based combat system, a diverse cast of characters with richly developed stories, and offers both the classic single-player mode and the cross-platform co-op mode for up to four players.

Players will take on the role of the mysterious "Traveler", setting off the voyage of finding their lost sibling, and ultimately unravels the mysteries of themselves and the world.

Joined by a lively companion called Paimon, players will explore the land filled with varied landscapes, culturally – diverse towns, and treacherous dungeons. By mastering the power of the seven elements with a custom party of up to 4 characters, players will overcome merciless foes and fiendish puzzles.

As a free-to-play online title, Genshin Impact enables players to explore Mondstadt and Liyue Harbor – two of the seven major cities in Teyvat – each with unique cultural ambience, stories, vast surrounding landscapes full of diverse creatures and enemies, mysteries, and hidden treasures. Furthermore, the game will continue to expand with more cities, following stories, new characters and seasonal events through live-service updates to enrich the gameplay and expedition in the continent of Teyvat.


HoYoverse shared info about Genshin Impact's last update of 2023, plus more details about its annual online Genshin Concert 2023, all happening in December.

Key Version 4.3 details include:

  • Two new characters, Navia, the first playable 5-star Geo claymore lady, and Chevreuse, a 4-star Pyro polearm user
  • Kamisato Ayaka, Raiden Shogun, and Yoimiya reruns
  • Enjoy the Fontinalia Film Festival in Fontaine with locals and guests from Inazuma
  • Genius Invokation TCG and Serenitea Pot will get new Fontainian features
  • One-click function for expeditions and ingredients processing
  • Automatic filtering and locking of Artifacts + view Artifact recommendations for characters

HoYoverse announced that Genshin Impact Version 4.3 "Roses and Muskets" will arrive on December 20.

With Fontaine's major crisis resolved, Version 4.3 will slow down the pace of adventure and celebrate one of Fontaine's most important traditions, the Fontinalia Festival. In addition, Navia, the president of Spina di Rosula, and Chevreuse, the captain of the Special Security and Surveillance Patrol, will join as playable characters. Meanwhile, a series of updates and optimizations will also be added in Version 4.3.

This year, the Fontinalia Festival will be celebrated with a unique film festival, which will not only feature joyful and fun festivities but will also honor the tradition of commemorating the legendary Lochknights, who welcomed the previous Hydro Archon Egeria to Fontaine. Under the leadership of Furina, an unexpected team composed of the Kamisato siblings, the Traveler and the renowned fashion designer of the Chioriya Boutique, Chiori, will come together to work on a film. In addition, the Fontinalia Festival will also offer a series of mini-games, such as designing a short film with different camera angles and narrations in "Into the Frame," as well as shooting training in a marksmanship-themed gameplay mode. By winning Theater Tickets during these events, players will be able to obtain various festive rewards, including the 4-star claymore "Ultimate Overlord's Mega Magic Sword."

In this festive atmosphere, two firearm enthusiasts, Navia and Chevreuse, will join the game as playable characters. Renowned as the president of Spina di Rosula, Navia, a 5-star Geo claymore wielder, is capable of firing "Rosula Shardshots" from her elegant yet lethal gunbrella. The number of shots is determined by "Crystal Shrapnel," which is accumulated either by obtaining Elemental Shards from Crystallize reactions or her Elemental Burst. Navia's Elemental Burst also deals solid AOE Geo damage by bombarding her enemies.

Another firearms professional, Chevreuse, will join the team as a new 4-star Pyro polearm wielder. As captain of the Special Security and Surveillance Patrol, Chevreuse can fire bullets with her musket that deal AoE Pyro damage and look out for the team by healing the active character with her Elemental Skill. She can provide more firepower with an explosive grenade, which can split into multiple secondary explosive shells on impact. In the Event Wishes of Version 4.3, Navia's debut and Kamisato Ayaka's rerun will be featured in the first half, while Chevreuse will arrive in the second half together with reruns of the Raiden Shogun and Yoimiya.

Some permanent gameplay modes and limited-time events will also be updated with new features and rewards. Genius Invokation TCG will receive a major update with more cards, NPCs that can be challenged, and a limited time Heated Battle Mode. A new Fontaine-style realm layout will be available inside the Serenitea Pot. Apart from that, Itto's Beetle Battle event and Liben's daily requests will return with various exciting features and abundant rewards.

In addition, traveling in Teyvat will become even smoother thanks to numerous optimizations. The "one-click function" will soon be released, and Travelers can collect rewards from expeditions as well as repeat them, as well as collect processed ingredients and forged items. Players will also be able to lock or unlock Artifacts in batches, as well as automatically lock existing or new Artifacts that match the filter specifications. Additionally, players will also be able to see how other active players choose Artifact Sets for a given character via Artifact Set Recommendations.

Key concert details include:

  • Official Website
  • Approx. 60 minutes with over 25 pieces from all 5 nations
  • Combining musicians and orchestra into iconic game scenes with XR, AR and animation technology
  • Directed by Japanese video game composer and arranger Yasunori Nishiki
  • Performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Robert Ziegler, singers, and various musicians
  • Offline campus events now available (available on mobile only)

HoYoverse announced a year-end surprise for its fans and gamers — the GENSHIN CONCERT 2023 "Melodies of an Endless Journey" will be broadcast for free on YouTube, Twitch, TikTok, and X (formerly known as Twitter) on December 22, 2023, at 7 p.m. (UTC+8). This year's Genshin Impact online concert will feature the performance of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and other international musicians with innovative XR, AR, and animation technology to bring some of Genshin Impact's most moving moments, highlights, and memorable cutscenes to life.

The concert is expected to last approximately 60 minutes and features a repertoire of over 25 tracks from all five nations that have been released in the game, showcasing diverse music elements and genres from various parts of the world. Members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Robert Ziegler, who were involved in the performance of Mondstadt and Fontaine soundtracks, are once again invited to present authentic symphonic renditions. Meanwhile, talented singers and musicians will also join the concert to demonstrate the diversity of genres, elements, and instruments of Genshin Impact music. To combine the musical experience with the fantasy of Genshin Impact, Yasunori Nishiki, the Japanese composer and arranger known for his works on Octopath Traveler and various video games, will take on the role of Music Director for the entire GENSHIN CONCERT 2023.

First released in September 2020, Genshin Impact is an award-winning open-world adventure role-playing game that has attracted fans and gamers across the globe. The original Genshin Impact music is produced by HOYO-MiX, the in-house music studio of HoYoverse. The game is set in the vast fantasy world of Teyvat consisting of seven nations, each with a dedicated musical theme and multiple soundtrack collections that evoke the history, culture, landscapes, and ongoing adventure of that area. Built on orchestral foundations, the music of Genshin Impact combines elements of music from around the world to depict the variety of the regions and peoples of Teyvat.

The GENSHIN CONCERT online concert series is one of Genshin Impact's first music projects designed to enable exchange, education, and access to music among fans, players and the general public. Since October, offline concerts have been held for the first time in front of an international audience as part of Genshin Impact's concert tour. In addition, the "Impact4Music: Music for All" benefit project was launched in Europe earlier this year, to support student orchestras and musicians.

The U.S. Genshin Impact Union (USGIU), a community founded by passionate Genshin Impact players and supported by HoYoverse, is also contributing to GENSHIN CONCERT 2023 by organizing a series of campus events (https://melodyfromteyvat.usgiu.com/ , available on mobile only). From December onwards, fans may encounter pop-up booths in various cities and campuses such as Yale University, New York University, Berklee College of Music, University College London, and Royal Academy of Music, allowing more people to listen to or even perform the music of Genshin Impact. Dr. Piero Scaruffi, an Italian-American scholar and critic in computer science, music and art, also discussed Genshin Impact and its music in a lecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

"The music from Genshin Impact combines different genres, elements, instruments and musicians from around the world, and is incorporated very well into a unique fictional world," said Dr. Piero Scaruffi. "It may provide a unique chance for more young people to learn about music without prejudice."

The GENSHIN CONCERT 2023 will be aired on December 22, 2023, at 7 p.m. (UTC+8).

Supporting cross-save across all -platforms, Genshin Impact is currently available for PS4, PS5, PC, iOS and Android.


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