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Here’s when exactly you can play Genshin Impact version 2.6

Simp for the Hydro prince.

There’s no denying it. Genshin Impact version 2.6 looks stacked. This time, HoYoverse is rolling out a major event in the form of a festival, where visitors from Mondstadt and Liyue will converge in Inazuma. Not only that, but this Genshin Impact update will introduce The Chasm, a long-awaited new region lurking beneath Liyue, and a new Archon Quest to go along with it. Some players will also be eager to pull for Kamisato Ayato, the new five-star character coming to the game. Naturally, fans will relish the opportunity to get a first look with as little hassle as possible.

Here’s everything you should know to prepare for the Genshin Impact version 2.6 update.

When is the Genshin Impact version 2.6 release time?

The Genshin Impact version 2.6 maintenance will start on March 29 at 6 p.m. Eastern. Genshin Impact maintenance typically takes about five hours. It can end earlier than that, but it’d be best to expect to wait until 11 p.m. Eastern to be safe.

What are the Genshin Impact version 2.6 maintenance rewards?

Ayato using his Elemental Burst during the latest trailer.HoYoverse

Players above Adventure Rank 5 will receive 300 Primogems for their patience. That’s roughly 60 Primogems per hour that the game is unavailable, though compensation is the same even if the update finishes early. Even if you don’t play Genshin Impact often, it’s worth logging in to just snag the free gems, but there’s no rush since you have 30 days to claim them!

Can you pre-load the Genshin Impact version 2.6 update?

HoYoverse announced pre-installation options for Genshin Impact 2.6 just today. The developer regularly posts these pre-loads before maintenance so that players can download the update faster. Here’s how to save some wait time on the update once maintenance ends.

Download the Genshin Impact launcher to see the pre-installation button.

Preload on PC

Pre-loading Genshin Impact for PC means downloading the updated launcher from the Genshin Impact official website. Click Download in the upper right corner of the Windows icon to update the launcher, and then open it on your computer. The launcher should come with a “Game Pre-Installation” cloud icon to the left of the Launch button.

Preload on mobile

Click the Paimon icon in the upper left corner, then the gear. Go to Other to see the Pre-Install option.HoYoverse

Genshin Impact mobile players have two ways to pre-load the 2.6 update.

  • Download the pre-install resource package from the in-game menu. Open the game and click the Paimon icon in the upper left corner. Then, click the gear icon to open the settings. Check “Other” for the pre-install resource package option and click “Pre-Install Now.”
  • Alternatively, after logging in, players can click a little cloud icon on the bottom left of the screen without even opening the game. Tapping the icon will open a prompt to download the same pre-install resource package that you can find in the in-game settings.
Click the little cloud icon in the lower right corner. The rest explains itself.HoYoverse

As for when Genshin Impact version 2.6 is actually live, downloading it for iOS is as easy as going to the App Store and checking for available updates. Scroll down the list until you see Genshin Impact and click the “Update” button. If you can’t be bothered to scroll through a long list, just search for the app and you should see the Update button beside it after maintenance ends.

Meanwhile, Android players can do the same on Google Play. Check the list of available updates, or just search the game and click “Update.” When it’s ready, players should be able to open the game and follow the instructions from there.

Preload on PS4 and PS5

Genshin Impact doesn’t have pre-load options for the PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5. You have to wait until after maintenance and then highlight the game using the OPTIONS button. After maintenance ends, you should be able to select “Search for Update” to download version 2.6.

What Genshin Impact events can I do in the meantime?

Ayato is too precious for words.

The Genshin Impact “When They Bloom” web event is going on right now! You can watch Ayato drink bubble tea and help him tend to a little bonzai on his desk.

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