The next project from Genshin Impact’s anime lords: an open-world ‘paranormal’ online game

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Genshin Impact, like Fortnite or Roblox, is one of those smash hits that demands you be aware of it, even if you haven’t played it. Since its release in September 2020, this gacha free-to-play open world where you collect anime girlfriends and boyfriends has garnered a huge audience, and today probably represents the biggest global game from a Chinese developer. does. MiHoYo still going strong supporting the project Genshine’s 2.3 Update Coming around the corner.

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as reported by sports radar And Daniel Ahmed |, we now have a clearer picture of Mihoyo’s long-term plans after Genshin and Honkai: Star Rail. is mihoyo opening a development house Focused on an open world title in a new setting in Montreal. The move would see MiHoYo gain a foothold in one of the largest growth cities in the otherwise decentralized video game industry, and it also represents a continuation of Chinese investment in Western development led by Tencent.

Which game is the studio making? The project has no name, but here are some fascinating details in open sight inside Mihoyo’s new job posting, the first of 100 committed over the next two years. one for one senior level designer Describes an open world with urban areas and jungle connected by a significant road system, with an emphasis on vehicular gameplay. I also need to mention Mihoyo’s mission to “build a virtual world for a billion people by 2030” in that post. For my own sanity, I have to admit that some CEO-speech marketing is business, but who knows. Beware Zuckerberg, a dark horse may have just joined the Metaverse race.


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MiHoYo’s post for senior technical artist implies that a “destruction system” title would have a core mechanic. The use of the term “next gen” also stands out to me. It may be a very short term, so your guess is only as good as if they are referring to a relatively fresh current hardware generation, or something further down the line.

looking for another role network programmer indicates the game will have significant online functionality, and all three postings are looking to specialize in Unreal Engine, a major change from Unity’s prior use in Mihoyo’s Genshin Impact.

Given this project’s open-world setting and online functionality, as well as Genshin’s explosive success in the West, I’d bet that the game’s monetization and overall structure will be similar to Genshin Impact. But Mihoyo’s own language describing the urban environment and the presence of vehicles, as well as the “paranormal” setting, is somewhat more serious than what we’ve seen from him in the past. That being said, I can’t imagine the studio would be far removed from the specific art style they’ve developed through the Honkai series and Genshin Impact. It may be less of a celebration of anime boyfriends, but it will still be anime boyfriend-adjacent.

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