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In the early part of 2022, Genshin Impact developer renamed MiHoYo to HoYoVerse. The rebranding came with a new goal of creating “a large and content-driven virtual world that integrates games, anime, and other diverse forms of entertainment.” The “Anime” portion of this statement is now under development.
ONE concept trailer was released on the Genshin Impact YouTube channel, giving future viewers a sense of what they can expect to see (and hear) down the road. The camera pans through a variety of environments that will look familiar to players, showcasing lush forests, deep valleys and flowing rivers. The trailer also features the game’s mascot Paimon, before ending on a shot of the male and female Traveler, the game’s protagonist. There’s no story to speak of here, but that’s to be expected from something labeled as a “concept”.
Underscoring the footage is a new arrangement of music from anime studio Ufotable, which handles the animation side of things here. “Let’s step into this vast magical world of adventure together,” reads the trailer description. “The long-term collaborative project between Genshin Impact and Ufotable has begun.” This is not the first time that Ufotable has collaborated with a video game studio. Previous anime adaptations include the God Eater and Tales series and the Fate/Stay Night films. Ufotable has also worked directly on video games, having created opening animations and alternate endings for some of these properties. It seems like a smart partner for HoYoVerse on the Genshin Impact anime. The phrasing of “long-term project” implies that we must also have a whole series, not just a single piece of media.
Genshin Impact fans have a lot to look forward to. In addition to the anime concept trailer, a version 3.1 trailer was also released. Update 3.1, called “King Deshret and the Three Magi”, will add two new Sumeru characters named Candace and Cyno. The trailer also seems to have revealed the death of Katheryne from the Adventurer’s Guild.