Yesterday, Hoyoverse showed off what will be Genshin Impact’s most significant expansion to date, the addition of new continent Sumeru into the game, which unlike Inazuma, also adds a totally new elemental type, Dendro.
In addition to the trailers and features revealed in the special program, we also got a release date for version 3.0 and the addition of Sumeru, along with a schedule for the next few patches after that. So, unless anything changes, we have:
- Version 3.0 (Sumeru update) – August 24, 2022
- Version 3.1 – September 28, 2022
- Version 3.2 – November 2, 2022
- Version 3.3 – December 7, 2022
What’s interesting to note here is that 3.0, 3.1 and 3.2 will all be five weeks long instead of the usual six, indicating a faster turnaround for updates, so that will mean more new content more quickly, and more new Sumeru characters added faster. We are only getting three new Sumeru characters to start in 3.0, Collei, Tighnari and Dori.
Hoyoverse may be trying to play catch-up, as Shanghai COVID lockdowns delayed past patches and got them off schedule a bit. There are few games in the live service space that add this much content to their games so quickly, and I remain impressed after all this time the pace at which Hoyoverse keeps updating Genshin. Six week patch schedules with usually decently significant additions is one thing, but knocking that down to five weeks now? wow.
What’s clear is that Hoyoverse wants to hit the ground running with Sumeru, and after this, there are three more continents to be added to the game, so presumably the map will be “complete” in another three years once that is fully realized. Another advantage of Genshin Impact is that you can take a long time off and not feel like you’re “behind,” given that you can catch up with key old story quests, and if you had a good roster before, they are not going to be out power-leveled for new content or anything. A good core team can take you through the entire game and all these updates for free, though Genshin has done a good job of making its gacha characters feel like must-haves just because they look cool and are fun to play, even if they are not “necessary” for 99% of any content in the game.
More to come soon, and just 10 days to go until launch.
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