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Genshin Impact’s enormous Inazuma update gets a release date and trailer

The highly anticipated region is finally here

Ana Diaz (she/her) is a culture writer at Polygon, covering internet culture, fandom, and video games. Her work has previously appeared at NPR, Wired, and The Verge.

MiHoYo released a new trailer for the latest update of its free-to-play open world adventure, Genshin Impact, on Friday. The new look shows off the long-awaited Inazuma region in an expansion the studio is calling The Immovable God and the Eternal Euthymia. The 2.0 version will debut an entirely new region to explore, three new characters, and cross-save functionality between platforms. The update is scheduled to unroll on July 21.

It’s truly a massive update that fans have been eagerly awaiting. Beyond content, it’s bringing a significant new feature: cross-saves across PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC, Android, and iOS. Fans will finally be able to switch between mobile and console.

The newly released five-minute trailer is jam-packed with new information. We get a peak at the new region, sparkling with electric energy and ruled by Electro Archon. The cinematic shows new locations like a beached pirate ship, and a sprawling traditional palace.

Besides a look at Inazuma, the trailer showed footage of Baal, the region’s leader, and fans are already obsessed with her even though she’s not officially announced as a playable character.

There will also be three new playable characters and more loot. Here is the comprehensive explanation of what’s new from miHoYo’s release:

Among the various new characters of Inazuma, Version 2.0 will introduce three of them as new playable characters. Kamisato Ayaka, the daughter of the Yashiro Commission’s Kamisato Clan, is often conceived as dignified, elegant, wise, and strong by the locals. She has been familiar to many fans and players since closed beta testing, and will be added as a five-star Cryo sword user. Yoimiya is the other five-star character joining in Version 2.0. She’s a Pyro archer and an expert in fireworks. Known as the “Queen of the Summer Festival,” Yoimiya excels in her craft of creating fireworks that symbolize people’s hopes and dreams. The last character, Sayu is a new four-star ninja character who wields an Anemo Vision and a giant claymore bigger than herself.

New Boss Enemies and precious loot also await players in Inazuma. In Version 2.0, the Hypostasis family will see a new Pyro member joining — the Pyro Hypostasis. Another new boss, the Perpetual Mechanical Array which seems to have some kind of connection with the Ruin Guards in Mondstadt and Liyue will also appear in Inazuma. After its debut in Version 1.6, Maguu Kenki will also be found as a World Boss and a source for Character Level-Up Materials in Inazuma.

According to a news release, the update will also bring enhanced character shading, haptic feedback support for the PS5 version, and additional Serenitea Pot functions including a gadget to collect seeds and plant in the “fields” in your realm.

Much of the official announcements confirm prior leaks. However, now fans have plenty of new footage of Baal, and other Genshin Impact character cinematics to obsess over as they wait for the update.