That's why the next big update for Genshin Impact is such a big deal

That’s why the next big update for Genshin Impact is such a big deal

Genshin Impact is the open world adventure that just keeps getting bigger. With the upcoming 3.0 Sumeru update, the size and scope of the game will continue to grow. Developer Hoyoverse will add a new region for the protagonist, colloquially known as the “Traveller”, and our floating companion Paimon, which can be visited along with new characters and quests.

While Hoyoverse released a number of significant patches over the past year, update 3.0 will be the biggest update since update 2.0 Inazuma released last summer. Now that players have completed their sojourn in the Japanese-inspired region of Inazuma and explored the deep, dark, sticky depths of The Chasm, it’s time to face the next great challenge. Here’s why the 3.0 update is so important and what we know about it so far.

Players will explore the new Sumeru region

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A teaser shared during the 2.8 patch livestream showed a region full of lush forests and adorned with whimsical large plants, beach island areas and ornate jungle temples. Gameplay footage showed that using various elemental powers on environmental features like Giant Mushrooms will transform them and thus change the way players can interact with the world around them. For example, electrifying a mushroom can make it extra springy, giving players more boost when jumping off it. We also know from the Sumeru game descriptions that there will also be desert areas. Judging by the setting and some characters’ Arabic-inspired names, fans believe this region is inspired by South Asia and North Africa. We don’t know much about the enemies yet, but the region will add an Electro-Regisvine boss for gathering Ascension materials.

The 3.0 update will introduce a new element called Dendro

This update not only offers a new region to explore, but also introduces a new element to fight with: Dendro. Dendro is the Genshin Impact Equivalent to grass powers, for those familiar with typical RPG elemental matchups. In addition to introducing a new cast of characters, the presence of this new element should shake up the game’s combat and exploration strategies. In a video from the developers, the team described Dendro as “the final piece in Genshin Impact’s element system.”

In the video, the developers also said that there are three concepts that power Dendro: catalysis, wisdom, and life. The developers aim to reflect these concepts with elemental responses in combat, level design, and environmental mechanics. Combat reactions include Bloom and Catalyze: Bloom occurs when a Hydro-focused character performs a water attack with a Dendro enemy or teammate, and Catalyze occurs when Electro is applied after Dendro (it appears to be some kind of buff). From previous fights with other Dendro Slimes, we’ve also seen the burning reaction that occurs after a character performs a Pyro attack on them.

Collei in a teaser trailer in Genshin Impact

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The update starts a new storyline with new characters

Hoyoverse released another trailer that didn’t reveal too much of Sumeru but showed the entirety of the Fatui Harbingers for the first time. In the world of Teyvat, the Fatui Harbingers are a council of super-powered villains who have caused political unrest in the past and challenge the Traveler as they continue their quest. The trailer revealed that the council is up to something, but we don’t know what they’re up to just yet. In terms of additional new characters, the trailer also featured Collei, a new Dendro character that will be released as a playable character sometime in 3.0.

What is the update 3.0 release date?

Genshin Impact regularly receives a patch every six weeks. Hoyoverse has not yet announced the patch’s release date, but has stuck to that release cadence in the past. This means that if the developer follows their regular schedule, we can expect 3.0 to be released on or shortly before August 8th. 24

If maintenance is on the regular schedule, it would begin at 5:00 PM EST/2:00 PM PST. Maintenance has taken a few hours in the past and Hoyoverse will compensate players with a maintenance bonus and give players Primogems based on how long the service lasts.

What banners are running during the update?

The Genshin Impact Twitter account has announced a solid handful of characters. So far we have received basic information about the electronics retailer Dorithe dendro archer colleaguesand the dendro ranger Tighnari. Other characters have been leaked, but Hoyoverse has yet to officially confirm them. We don’t know when each character will get their banner, but it’s very likely that these three will appear before other leaked characters, as Hoyoverse has already released official information about them.

This is just the tip of the iceberg for Sumeru, so we’ll update this article as we get more information on what 3.0 will add to the game.

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