Genshin Impact version 2.8 is just around the corner!
The version 2.8 update live stream debuted on Saturday (July 2), featuring new events, a new character, a free weapon, banner reruns, character skins, and the long-awaited return of the beloved Golden Apple Archipelago map!
The live stream also released new codes as usual.
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If you missed the live stream (which appeared to have technical issues on Twitch), here’s what happened!
Shikanoin Heizou debut
This renowned detective from Inazuma’s Tenryou commission joins Genshin Impactas a 4-star Anemo Catalyst user.
Notably, Heizou is also the first male catalyst to be introduced in the game.
But don’t be fooled by his choice of weapon, Heizou uses a more practical style of play. He kicks, he roundhouses, he even throws punches – a big departure from the more graceful movements of the game’s other buff users.
As such, you can expect a more DPS-oriented kit from Heizou.
Heizou uses his elemental ability, Heartstopper Strike, which allows him to wield Anemo’s power to suck up and punch enemies. It has a cooldown mechanic that stacks stacks that increase its strength and area of effect.
Heizou’s Elemental Burst, Windmuster Kick, deals with a Fuudou-style vacuum slugger that sucks in enemies before it unleashes a powerful Anemo-infused kick. His ultimate can also cause a delayed explosion when run with Hydro, Cryo, or Pyro.
Along with Heizou’s release comes his own dedicated Hangout event, where we join him in his daily work as a detective.
Banner reruns for Kazuha, Klee, Yoimiya
Kazuha is finally getting her first rerun a full year after her debut. The 5-star sword-wielding Anemo is slated for the first half of version 2.8, and will be paired with Klee, the 5-star Pyro Catalyst, which is in its second rerun.
The second half of the version will feature Yoimiya, wielder of the 5-star Pyro bow, also in her first rerun.
Alongside his first rerun, Kazuha will also finally have his own story chapter, called Acer Palmatum: Act 1, featuring a new sword that is hinted at by him.
Is this a throwback to your past, which was revealed during the 2.6 Irodori festival? We look forward to finding out!
The Return of the Golden Apple Archipelago: Summertime Odyssey
Early Genshin Impact players were privileged to enjoy the lush ocean views of the Golden Apple Archipelago during version 1.5.
At the invitation of “King Dodoco”, Klee, Jean, Barbara the Traveler, Paimon – and later Razor, Diluc and Kaeya – were all brought to this location on the back of the mighty dragon Dvalin with the help of the Anemo. Archon Venti.
The gang then explores the mysterious archipelago and discovers its secrets, only to discover that the mysterious “Dodoco King” was Alice, Klee’s mother, who lured them to the archipelago for an exciting vacation with the people Klee loves.
But, as it turns out, this was not the conclusion of the Golden Apple Archipelago.
The entry version takes us back to this magical and mysterious place, this time along with Fischl, Mona, Kazuha and Xinyan.
There are new mysteries to be uncovered about the shimmering archipelago, with every character connected to it in some way.
New events (with Freeschl!), skins for Fischl and Diluc
HoYverse has many new events in store for this summer themed version update.
Summertime Odyssey includes various challenges, from a fighting game to a boat racing game and much more!
The reward you should look out for during this event is being able to invite Fischl (or get a free constellation if you already have it) to your team.
The Reminiscent Regimen event is a co-op specific challenge with multiple game modes that you and a friend can complete under time constraints. Make sure you have your best friend on call!
Echoing Conches have returned to the archipelago map, this time with a new story to tell. The Resonating Visions event will give you rich rewards with a certain number of shells you collect.
Get them all and you can claim a new Fischl outfit for free!
This new skin is called “Ein Immernachtstraum”, and Fischl is dressed to the nines like the Princessin der Verurteilung that she is (cough), complete with crown and all!
For the Hidden Strife event, something is brewing at Dawn Winery, and it’s not alcohol.
There are problems in the air and we are there to fight them. Similar to the Phantom Flow event, we are treated to a limitless arena where we fight with mobs and monsters, receiving buffs with every victory we get.
We can also try out the new Diluc premium skin that is coming to the store in version 2.8.
Genshin Impactfirst ever 5-star outfit called “Red Dead of Night” features new effects, an awesome and daring outfit befitting his vigilante identity, and new idle animations.
The price of the outfit has not yet been released.
There is also another event involving another lord of Fontaine, this time over an Evermotion mechanical paint.
Felix Yogue de Fontaine seems to be having some problems and we are tasked with helping you solve this puzzle. Rewards include new furniture.
HoYverse will also release a new official album of the game’s music, called Shimmering Voyage Volume 2.
This new album features 52 tracks from the game, including that one track that sent shivers down our spines when Kazuha trimmed Raiden Shogun himself.
Our first glimpse of Sumeru, the new region coming in version 3.0
After the live stream ended, we heard the voice of a female child, apparently in conversation with the Traveler. Imagine our joy when we were given a glimpse of the nation of Sumeru!
The reveal trailer was a delightful surprise, showcasing the lush vegetation of Sumeru’s rainforests, its beautiful landscape, and, to top it off, a glimpse of the Statue of Seven, now featuring the Archon of Wisdom, Kusanali.
Genshin Impact is currently at version 2.7, which will run until July 12th.
The next version 2.8 will be released on July 13th. If version 2.8 has the same duration of 40 days as all other versions, then Genshin Impact version 3.0 should be out on August 22nd.
Yan Ku is a full-time dog dad, part-time (gacha) gamer, and part-time writer.
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