‘Genshin Impact’: Peek at their newly announced characters now
Ahead of Genshin Impact’s 1.6 patch, the game’s developer miHoYo has announced a slew of new playable characters that will be arriving in the game soon. None of the characters will be ready on June 9th, when 1.6 officially launches, but many have speculated that miHoYo wanted to make the announcement before data miners could leak the existence of the characters within the patch’s code.
All of the new characters come from Inazuma, one of the seven nations that make up the world of Genshin Impact. Players won’t get to explore the Japan-inspired nation when the 1.6 patch arrives, but travelers from Inazuma will begin making their presence known in the game. It’s only a matter of time until miHoYo opens up the nation to Genshin Impact’s players.
We already know that one of the new characters, Kazuha, will be playable sometime shortly after the arrival of the 1.6 patch. The other new Genshin Impact characters remain on the distant horizon, but miHoYo is clearly invested in building hype for them now. If you want to know everything that’s been announced about the game’s new arrivals, we’ve got you covered.
Kazuha is the first new Genshin Impact character that players will be able to control. He’s been described as a gentle and carefree soul, though miHoYo has already hinted that beneath his calm exterior, Kazuha hides a darker past. Kazuha is a wandering samurai who roams the wilderness and uses his inherent connection with nature to avoid the dangers of the world.
miHoYo hasn’t given an official release date for Kazuha so far. We know his banner is set to arrive after Klee’s, so it seems likely that Kazuha will be playable around three weeks after the 1.6 patch launches. When players get to take a crack at Kazuha, they’ll discover he’s an Anemo-based swordsman who really emphasizes his elemental abilities.
Ayaka was actually a playable character in the first Genshin Impact closed beta. Now, miHoYo has announced she’s officially coming to the game, but fans can expect to wait a while for her arrival. Ayaka is the princess of the Kamisato House. She oversees the clan’s internal & external relationships, while her siblings directly handle government affairs.
Ayaka’s attacks are Cryo-based, and her official description explained she practices her swordsmanship by “slicing every falling snowflake floating around her on a snowy day”. Her cold elemental focus directly contrasts her warm-hearted personality, and her close ties to the people of Inazuma will likely be a focus of her character arc when she becomes available.
Yoimiya is a pyrotechnician who owns Naganohara Fireworks. The people of Inazuma call her the “Queen of the Summer Festival” because of the incredible fireworks displays she puts on every year. She travels the nation, spending her time talking with her fellow citizens and designing special fireworks for various celebrations.
It’s no surprise that Yoimiya is a Pyro-based fighter. She fights with a bow rather than a sword, and the distanced combat seems to be a reference to the fireworks she shoots up into the air around Inazuma. Not much else is known about Yoimiya at this point, but fans can expect to see her come forward along with the other Inazuma heroes.
Sayu is the last of the new Genshin Impact characters that miHoYo just announced. She’s described as a pint-sized ninja, and her lack of height is actually a main focus of her character. Sayu stopped growing at a young age, and now she believes that sleeping is the key to getting taller. She’s honed her ninjutsu technique to perfection, so she can quickly dispatch enemies and get back to napping.
Like Kazuha, Sayu’s element is Anemo. miHoYo hasn’t given out any hints to her preferred weaponry, but it’s obvious her acrobatic ninjutsu techniques will be part of her combat abilities. We’ll likely know more sometime after the 1.6 patch launch.
Those are all the characters coming to Genshin Impact in the near future. Who are you most excited to play? Tell us in the comments!