Despite having only been released on September 28 the free-to-play action role-playing game Genshin Impact has already taken the gaming world by storm. Created by Chinese developer miHoYo, Genshin Impact received over 10 million pre-registrations and looks set to be made available on next-gen consoles like the PlayStation 5 in the near future.
The game is available to play for free on a variety of different platforms, both mobile and console. Here’s everything you need to know to get started on one of this year’s hottest MMO games for free.
How to download and play Genshin Impact
PlayStation 4 – Genshin Impact is available to download for free from the PlayStation Store. All you need to do is wait for the title to download and away you go.
iOS or Android – As with the console version, Genshin Impact can be downloaded from the device’s online store completely free of charge. Those using an Apple device will find it in the App Store and Android users can download it from the Google Play Store.
PC – Genshin Impact is also available to download from the official website which also offers news, forums and information on the game’s 24 playable characters. Just head over to the site to download the client directly onto your machine and then run the program to begin installation.
Is it available to play on the Nintendo Switch?
Genshin Impact is not currently available on Nintendo Switch but given its huge popularity many have speculated that it will soon become an option. In a recent interview with RPG Site, miHoYo developer Sam Lai revealed that a Switch version is in the pipeline:
“The Switch version of Genshin Impact is currently under development. More information regarding Switch beta testing and launch dates will be announced at a later time.”
What to expect when you download Genshin Impact
The game boasts 24 unlockable characters and seven elements that players can choose to control as they make their way around the fantasy world of Teyvat. Genshin Impact characters are arranged in a tier list that players work their way up as they progress through the game.
The full Genshin Impact tier list can be found here.
Although the game is free to download there are some optional purchases that players can make to add to their gameplay experience. PS4 users can purchase Genshin Impact Starter Pack, priced at $9.99, which includes in-game currency and a number of special items.
For those looking to broaden their horizons Genshin Impact Battle Passes unlock additional content and special missions that offer exclusive rewards. The monthly passes cost between $9.99 and $19.99 but are not essential to enjoy the game’s central story.