Even though Genshin Impact is a new game which was released on September 28, 2020, it has reportedly been downloaded 17 million times on mobile devices alone. And this number of downloads can be gained only in a short time. The thing which comes to your mind when finding this fact may be why this game can be that popular. You may also not be really familiar with this game. So here, we provide you some information related to Genshin Impact including what this game is and why it can be popular.
What is Genshin Impact?
Genshin Impact is an action role-playing game which is free to play and it is developed and published by miHoYo. The game has a fantasy open world environment and action based battle system. It uses elemental magic, character switching and uses gacha game monetization for players to be able to get weapons, new characters and other resources.
This game is only able to be played online and it features a limited multiplayer mode which permits up to four players to play together. This game was released on September 28th, 2020 for PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Android and iOS. There is information that this game will also release on PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch.
In the game, you will see that the setting is in the fantasy world of Teyvat. It is a home to seven different nations and each of them is tied to an element and ruled by a god which is associated with it. The story tells about a twin which is referred to as the Traveler who travelled across a lot of worlds. However, she becomes separated from the other twin by a n unknown god in Teyvat. They travel across Teyvat with their new friend named Paimon to look for their lost sibling and to be able to be involved in the affairs of the world and its nations.
This game got a positive reception. The critics even praise the combat and open-world freedom while some criticism was pointed at its endgame. This game got more than $250 million in a month from transactions on mobile devices and it makes this game one of the biggest mobile games which launches in history.
Why is Genshin Impact So Popular?
One of the reasons why Genshin Impact is so popular today is because this game has a much larger player-base. Until now, Switch has sold more than 65 million consoles of this game and even this number is still nothing if we compare to the number of iOS and Android devices. Just days after its release, this game has been downloaded 17 million times on mobile and because this game is free so it can attract people who may not be interested at first. The users of mobile phones can go to their app store and see this game as a recommended new game. By promoting and marketing, this game can be popular.
Another reason why this game is popular is because of the core design of a gacha game. We can say that this game is one of the first games of its kind which is a full-fledged AAA gacha game. But, what is gacha? The gacha genre derives the name from a series of Japanese vending machines where people pay to get a capsule which contains a random figure or character.
It is known as gacha machines and the idea is carried into video games when titles begin using random draws to give the players new items, characters and many more things. Actually, gacha games have blown up for years on mobile. However, it is rare to see a gacha game with a big budget and one which can hit any kind of success on home consoles. Genshin Impact does these things and string players together with the promise of new characters which are playable. The mechanics of gacha and microtransactions are not as insidious in this game since there is a lengthy, quality experience at the main of the game which players can go through without having to spend money.
People can get this game at no cost. This thing is also the answer why this game is popular. It is not like other popular AAA games which are usually priced at $60 and planned to be $70 with the new generations of consoles, for the Genshin Impact game, anyone can download and play it for free. It helps to build up the popularity of battle royales like Apex Legends and Fortnite.
The story of the game, the style and the gameplay is also interesting. All the way up to the higher Adventure ranks and the end-game, the game provides a new story content for players. The characters are done well even though some people who do not like anime-style dialogue and storyline may consider it all a little grating.
The style of the game is simple. Nevertheless, it looks elegant. Evocative of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but it is a bit brighter and more anime. The enemies, the environments and also the characters of this game are diverse and often pretty. It means that simply walking and gliding around the map is a pleasure thing to do and it is good to do since exploration is a large part of the game. The damage counters, menus and other aspects of the UI use the elements from MMOs. Nevertheless, it still remains clean and easy to use and it may be because the game is also released on mobile platforms.
The gameplay of this game is also simple but fun and rewarding. Especially the big combos which players are able to make by switching out and juggling spells between their characters. When the players are not fighting, there are a lot of things that can be explored by them on the map. Those include secret quests and interactive environments. If you are fans of MMOs, you may be able to find the grind of finding combining and upgrading resources. Also, there are a lot of dungeons, special events, world quests and other sources of material to be able to upgrade the various weapons, characters and artifacts.
How to Download Genshin Impact?
You may just heard the game from others or from social media and then you are curious what it is and why this game can be so popular. And it leads you to this site to read the information about Genshin Impact. Now, after you know what it is and why it can be popular, do you want to play this game? If you feel interested in this game and you want to try to play it, you are able to download it on your devices.
As explained earlier that Genshin Impact is available for PC, PS4, iOS and Android. So, whatever devices you have, you are able to play this game. How about PS5 and Nintendo Switch users? Well, for the users of PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch, you must be a little bit patient because the versions of PS5 and Nintendo Switch are planned to be released soon.
To be able to play Genshin Impact, you have to download the game first. How to do that? You are able to follow the methods below based on the device that you use for playing the game.
- If you want to play Genshin Impact on your PS4, then you have to download it from the PlayStation Store. The thing that you have to do is to wait for the title to download.
- If you want to play Genshin Impact on your iOS or Android, the thing that you have to do is to download the game from the online store of your device and it is free of charge. So, if you are Apple device users, you are able to download it in the App Store. And if you are Android users, you are able to download the game from the Google Play Store.
- If you want to play Genshin Impact on your PC, you are able to download the game from the official website of the game at genshin.mihoyo.com. On that site, you will also find news, forums, and information on its 24 playable characters.
As explained above that this game will be available in Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 5 soon. It is stated by the developer of miHoYo, Sam Lai. He stated that the game for Switch version is now under development. About the time when this game will be launched on these platforms will be announced later. So, until now there is no exact date where this game will be launched for PS5 and Switch.
Quoted from AS site, when it comes to the next generation of consoles, miHoYo indicated to Twinfinite in September that a version for the PS5 is due at some point. However, the game is not planned to be developed for the Xbox series X and Series S.
So, for now, you are able to enjoy the game on PC, iOS, Android and PS4. Then, what will we get from this game? This game boasts 24 unlockable characters and seven elements which you are able to choose to control when they explore the fantasy world of Teyvat. The characters in Genshin Impact game are arranged in a tier list which players work their way up when they progress through the game.
This game is free to download and it is obviously explained before. However, even though this game is free to download, there are some things that you are able to buy and it is optional. By buying the things in the game, it will make their gameplay experience more fun. If you are PS4 users, you are able to buy the Genshin Impact Starter Pack. It costs $9.99 and this price includes in-game currency and a number of special items. And for you who want to broaden your horizons, there is Genshin Impact Battle Passes additional content and also special missions which offer exclusive rewards. The monthly passes price is about $9.99 and $19.99. However, it is not important to enjoy the central story of the game.
If you want to download Genshin Impact to your PC, it is important for you to know the specifications. Here are the recommended specifications for PC.
- The Operating System must be Windows 7 SP1 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, or Windows 10 64-bit. It is not supported for Windows 10 dev builds.
- The processor must be Intel Core i7 or the same.
- The RAM must be at least 16 GM.
- The Graphics card which is used must be at least NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB or better.
- The DirectX Version is 11.
- The Storage space that your PC has must be at least 30 GB of available storage space.
And here are the minimum specifications for your PC to be able to play Genshin Impact.
- The Operating System must be Windows 7 SP1 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, or Windows 10 64-bit. As explained previously that Windows 10 dev builds are not supported for now.
- The processor must be Intel Core i5 or the same.
- The RAM that belongs to your PC must be 8 GB.
- The Graphics Card must be NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 or better than this.
- The DirectX Version is 11.
- The Storage Space must be at least 30 GB of available storage space.
If you have downloaded the game and then when you open the launcher or launch the game you see an error message which says that the version of this file is not compatible with the version of Windows that you are running, you have to confirm that the Operating System of your PC fulfills the system compatibility requirements. If you find that your specifications are too low, you may not be able to install or launch the game. Also, you may experience black screens and unresponsiveness. And if you are using Windows 7, you need to at least run the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 version to be able to play the game.
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