Genshin Impact, the popular-open world gacha-based RPG, will be playable on PS5 via backwards compatibility. The upcoming Version 1.1 update, titled A New Star Rises, will add next-gen compatibility capability, along with brand-new quests–concluding the Liuye stage of the main storyline–and four new playable characters. A New Star Rises releases on November 11.

Of those new characters, two are 5-star, including Childe and Zhongli. Childe is a Hydro archer that can switch between long-range and melee attacks. Zhongli is a Geo polearm that can deal damage in large areas, cast strong defenses, and petrify enemies. The other two new characters, Xinyan and Diona, are 4-star and not much has been revealed about the duo. From character images, it appears Xinyan might have a music-based attack in her arsenal.


A new Reputation system will also be part of the update. Travelers can build up their Reputation for each city they travel to, and in turn gain rewards like region-exclusive items and customizations.

Players will also be able to access Genshin Impact’s first seasonal event, Unreconciled Stars. A terrifying catastrophe facing Teyvat takes center stage, and players will combat the crisis through new quests and co-op challenges. New rewards, including 4-star character Fischl, can be earned.

In her for GameSpot, Heidi Kemps rated the game 7/10. She commented, “Overall, Genshin Impact is a solid game hampered a bit by the restrictions its free-to-play model imposes. The overall production values are high, and the core gameplay is solid. In particular, the elemental interaction system is a ton of fun and gives the game a distinct personality.”

Genshin impact is free-to-play on Android, iOS, PC, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. PS5 owners will also be able to play the gacha game on November 12, when the next-gen console releases.

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