Hello dear travellers! Here is the development team of Genshin Impact, released July 13th with Genshin Impact version 2.8 – “Summer! Night? Fantasy!” invites you to Teyvat’s summertime! The Golden Apple Archipelago is open to outsiders again and presents itself in a new guise with more areas, stories, challenges and rewards. Get ready to delve into places you’ve never been before and discover the downsides of your longtime companions.
Meanwhile, a year after Kaedehara Kazuha’s first arrival, the wandering samurai seems intent on deepening his friendship with you by introducing you to his personal legend quest and his close friend Shikanoin Heizou.
A summer stay by the sea
Compared to previous island adventures, this year’s A Summer by the Sea promotion aims to bring even more surprises, as the Golden Apple Archipelago is undergoing a drastic transformation: Fresh new landscapes and diverse stories can be found throughout the promotion; more lavish rewards, including a large number of new treasure chests, and a chance to get the 4-star Fish figure along with her latest attire are all available in a limited time.
Travelers visiting the Golden Apple Archipelago this summer can prepare for some serious exploration. Each island area has been redesigned with different themes and puzzles. Xinyan, Fischl, Kazuha and Mona traveling with us also seem to have their secret connections to certain areas where you can encounter mysterious areas with danger and treasure.
Sailing is always the highlight of island leisure. This summer, you can either take your surfer for a fast ride on the specially designed course or set sail with friends online. For example, Reminiscence Tour is a multiplayer action and has three different game modes. In “Ship Escort” mode, all participants must protect the large stone raft to its destination, while in “Charge” mode, you must ride your own wave rider and board floating platforms to eliminate opponents. In “Descent” mode, you launch from a high platform in the air and fight your way down as you and your fellow players float in the air.
If you want to go for a walk on the beach, don’t forget to collect the special sea slugs during the Resonating Visions promotion. As you collect the sea slugs, you’ll be able to listen to the stories hidden within them, and when you reach a certain number of sea slugs, you’ll be able to redeem them for Fischl’s brand new clothes! Overall, this year’s Golden Apple Archipelago offers not only a familiar feel for veteran travelers, but also a host of new exploration devices and storylines for all!
Version 2.8 lets you hang out with even more friends, old and new, while you have fun with other characters on the islands. Diluc, Kaedehara Kazuha, and brand new 4-star playable character, Shikanoin Heizou, make appearances in the latest actions and stories.
As one of the first playable characters, Diluc gets a brand new outfit! The clothing, which features a distinctive style, new waiting animations, and new effects, will be available from retailers soon. In the meantime, you can find her backstory and a trial period in the Strife in the Shadows challenge action.
After being in the game for over a year, Kaedehara Kazuha finally begins his personal legend quest. Coming from a well-known family of swordsmiths in Inazuma, Kazuha’s story seems to involve a mysterious sword and a duel. You can learn more about it in his Legends quest Acer Palmatum.
Kazuha’s friend Shikanoin Heizou will also make his debut in the upcoming version. Heizou is a genius young crime-solver in the Tenryou administration who works on the front lines of the fight against criminal masterminds. And Kujou Sara also appreciates his crime-solving skills, despite his free and unruly nature. You can take part in his work at his invitational event.
In combat, Heizou is our first melee catalyst user. Though wielding a Catalyst and wielding a Divine Eye, his elemental ability and signature ability, like his basic attack, are unarmed combat techniques. His elemental ability triggers a Fist of Fraternity, and when he charges up his elemental ability, he can gain special stacks of Decline. Once Heizou reaches a certain number of “Declination” stacks, the damage dealt and area of effect of his elemental ability will increase. His Signature Ability deploys a concentrated wind kick that pulls in nearby enemies and deals Anemo area damage. If enemies are simultaneously under the influence of the Hydro, Pyro, Cryo, or Electric element, a delayed follow-up explosion will be triggered, dealing damage of the appropriate elemental type. In addition, Heizou can reduce the stamina consumption of your own group members when running.
Shikanoin Heizou will be available in the action prayer for the return of Kaedehara Kazuha and Klee in the early phase of version 2.8. Yoimiya’s Return will be available in the later stages of the update.
Even more rewards
In version 2.8, more promotions and rewards are also waiting for you to discover them. For example, with the “Mechanical Perpetual Motion Puzzle” you can solve a special puzzle game and get a new decoration in your ephemeral pot.
Last but not least, we would like to remind all PS Plus members that the PS Plus Free Pack will be renewed after the release of version 2.8. So don’t forget to get your PS Plus Pack with 50,000 Mora, A Hero’s Wisdom ×20, Mystic Enhancement Ore ×15 and Fragile Resin ×2 for free!
And that’s it for today with our news! We look forward to seeing you again next time and sharing new information about the next leg of your journey.