Since it was officially launched in early September 2020, Genshin Impact has continued gaining momentum as a free-to-play and PlayStation available take on Breath of the Wild-style gameplay.
Now just a few weeks after launch, Genshin Impact will receive its first major update in the form of version 1.1. Ahead of the release, developer MiHiYo has also detailed other upcoming changes to Genshin Impact that will occur through February 2021.
Here's everything we know about Genshin Impact version 1.1 and the 2021 roadmap.
When is the Genshin Impact 1.1 update release date?
According to the roadmap given by MiHoYo, Genshin Impact version 1.1 will be released on November 11, 2020. It will come with an event that's roughly translated to "Unreturned Star Off." This title may change when the official launch occurs.
When are the Genshin Impact 1.2 and 1.3 release dates?
Genshin Impact 1.2 will launch on December 23 and come with a new location called Dragonspine Snow Mountain. In the current game, this area is marked in red on your map. If you attempt to enter it, Paimon will chide you for being irresponsible. Dragonspine Snow Mountain was previously explorable during Genshin Impact's beta test if you used a specific glitch to enter. That has since been patched.
Genshin Impact 1.2 will launch in early February 2021. Alongside the 1.3 update, MiHoYo will add the Lantern Rite Festival event which takes place across the Liyue region.
Beyond February 2021, MiHoYo has expressed plans to update Genshin Impact consistently every five to six weeks.
Will Genshin Impact version 1.1 add new characters?
According to the leaks, the next update will feature as many as eight new playable characters. The number varies depending on where you find the leak, but there are four characters who are consistently mentioned: Zhongli, a Geo-based character that attacks using polearm weapons; Childe, a Hydro-based character that uses a bow; Diona a Cryo-based character that uses a bow; and Xingyan, a Pyro-based character that uses a sword.
Zhongli's moveset has already leaked onto mobile servers and can be watched below.
Other playable character candidates include Baizhu, Dainsleif, and Ganyu. Each of these characters previously appeared or were playable during beta tests. Many of the candidates already appear in Genshin Impact via the sample voice-over section, where they're mentioned directly by name, but remain locked.
If we use the sample section as a roadmap, it also brings seven new names as potential playable characters: Yaoyao, Yunjin, Varka, Rosario, and Albedo. These names were found across voice lines for characters like Barbara, Kaeya, and Beidou.
While they might not all enter Genshin Impact with update 1.1, this gives us a slate of 11 new playable characters to expect down the line.
Will Genshin Impact version 1.1 introduce new lands?
Version 1.1 is rumored to introduce the third land, Inuzuma, which is themed after the Electro element. You'll allegedly be able to enter the area after reaching Adventure Rank 34.
What other changes will be added in Genshin Impact 1.1?
- Anemoculus Sync Stone, Geoculus Sync Stone. These would likely be used to change the Traveller's element on the go.
- Geo and Anemo Finder Compass. Likely used to locate missing offerings to the statue of the seven.
- Wind capturing bottle. Allows you to store Ameno seeds so to generate a windfield anywhere.
- Pocket Teleport Anchor. Used to place a teleporter anywhere on the map. Only one can be active at a time and it lasts seven days.
- Condensed Resin. By Condensing Resin, you can get more rewards for the same amount of work. One Condensed Resin is worth 40 Original Resin.
- Type 30 Portable Nutrient Bag. This would be used to place food in for quick access.
- New Dungeon called Golden House. This would seemingly include a boss fight against Childe.
Every mentioned addition would be an exciting change for Genshin Impact. Original Resin is what allows players to complete leylines, making valuable assets for grinding players. If that could be condensed to have more value, it would be much easier to progress in Genshin Impact.
If these are real changes to expect in the next update, Genshin Impact could become drastically more expansive in a short time.
Could the Genshin Impact 1.1 leaks be fake?
Could these amazing leaks be fake? Certainly. When the leaks began sprouting up on the official Genshin Impact Discord channel, the team established that they were questionable at best.
Genshin Impact is currently available on PS4.