Genshin Impact Update 2.4 Drops Next Week

Even though the holiday season is in full flow, Mihoyo, the creator of Genshin Impact, has been busy revealing what’s in store for the action RPG’s next big update. The release date for Genshin Impact 2.4 has been set for January 5, and we now know about a new place named Enkanomiya, new characters Shenhe and Yun Jin, and the Lantern Rite event.

Enkanomiya sounds like a pretty spooky new area to explore, being the remains of an ancient underwater nation buried underwater and sealed away under Inazuma for thousands of years. It’s a huge floating island found under the ocean which is constantly being eroded by the Abyss and now lies in ruins, once home to the ancestors of the Watatsumi Island’s people.

You’ll find that there’s no day or night down in Enkanomiya – instead, you’ll have to find a way to an ancient ‘sun’ created by the people who once lived there called the Dainichi Mikoshi, while diving into puzzles and the new area’s secrets. There are also tricky new enemies in Bathysmal Vishaps – cunning foes that can team up and “take advantage of their surroundings”, as Mihoyo explains in a press release – and The Abyss Lector: Fathomless Flames. This enemy can dish out pyro attacks with delayed bursts of damage that can ignore characters’ shields.

As for the new characters joining Genshin Impact with 2.4, we’ve got the five-star Shenhe, who’s a polearm user who both wields cryo power and increases the cryo damage her teammates dish out. She’s also got an elemental skill that lets her boost nearby pals’ own elemental skill or burst damage, or their normal, plunging, and charged attack damage.

Yun Jin, meanwhile, is a four-star polearm user who has a geo vision, which lets her “buff her teammates’ normal attacks based on her defence and the variety of visions in the player’s party”. The coming update will also mark the opportunity for players to have another go at recruiting characters Xiao, Ganyu, and Zhongli in their own event wishes.

To usher in the new year, we’ll see the Lantern Rite go live with 2.4. Liyue Harbour will be packed to the brim with stalls, games, vendors, and other festivities for the in-game festival, with rewards on offer including ten intertwined fates, a chance at nabbing one of the eight free four-star Liyue characters, and a new outfit for Ningguang called Orchid’s evening gown. The event will this year also give players the opportunity to help Ningguang and some locals rebuild the Jade Chamber.

Genshin Impact update 2.4 goes live on January 5, 2022. For more PC games, click here.

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