Genshin Impact

One of my favorite highlights from attending Pax East 2020, other than coming home without contract COVID19, would be the experience of playing Genshin Impact. We didn’t get to cover the game as much as we hoped during the event but a bit of exposure we did have really got us excited. 

Developed and published by miHoYo, Genshin Impact is an open-world action RPG title set in the expansive fantasy world of Teyvat. It offers a lively open world, a variety of characters, element-based combat and exploration, and an engaging story. Players take on the role of the mysterious “Traveler,” who sets off on a journey to find their lost sibling and ultimately unravels the many mysteries of Teyvat in addition to their own.

During the beta, players will be able to explore Mondstadt and Liyue — two of the seven major cities in Teyvat — as well as the vast surrounding landscape full of creatures to encounter, enemies to fight, mysteries to solve, and hidden treasures to find. Players can build their four-person party from a wide range of playable characters, using their varying combat styles and elemental abilities to overcome different obstacles in the world. By switching characters in combat, players can experiment with elemental combos and master the art of striking down enemies with powerful chain reactions.

I am excited to get to take the gaming experience out of Pax East and home to my couch but can’t wait for the full game release. A detail I recall from my hands-on experience is that there are many characters to choose from, all of which have their own unique abilities and attributes. And not only do you get to enhance and master each of their skills but you also get to know the characters and their own unique backgrounds and storylines. 

The Final Closed Beta will see Genshin Impact arrive on PlayStation®4 for the first time. In co-op mode, teams of up to four players from across PlayStation®4, PC, and mobile will be able to hunt down monsters and delve into dungeons together, employing strategic combinations of skills and elements in battle.

The Final Closed Beta will begin on July 2 on PlayStation®4, PC, and mobile. For more information and updates, please visit Genshin Impact’s official website ( or follow @GenshinImpact on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

New to this beta is a cross-platform co-op mode, which allows players to team up with friends from across PlayStation®4, PC, and mobile for a more diverse range of adventures.