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Developer and publisher miHoYo announced today that a new version designed to take advantage of the PS5 hardware is imminent, but didn’t provide an exact release date.
Genshin Impact guides:
Currently PS5 owners can only play the PS4 version of the game via the console’s backwards compatibility feature.
The new PS5-specific version will run at 4K resolution and will feature enhanced textures and improved loading times.
The game will remain free-to-play, and existing PS4 players will be able to transfer their progress to the new version without having to start all over again.
“The PlayStation 5 is an ideal platform to enhance the vast open world featuring in Genshin Impact, allowing the team to incorporate more thoughts and ideas into the game, both now and in the future,” miHoYo president Forrest Liu said in a statement.
“That’s why we’ve been working to bring the native PlayStation 5 version of the game to our players as soon as we could.”
Genshin Impact was released for PS4, PC, Android, and iOS on September 28, 2020, and it has been a massive success, generating $1 billion in player spending from the App Store and Google Play within six months.
According to mobile research firm Sensor Tower, Genshin Impact is the fastest mobile title to hit the $1 billion milestone, achieving it three months quicker than the previous record holder, Niantic‘s Pokémon Go.
The game is an open-world action RPG in which players take on the role of the ‘Traveller’ and explore the world of Teyvat. So far, only two of Teyvat’s seven cities have been made available for players to explore, with the other cities to become available at a later date.