Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 PS4 rival, Genshin Impact, releases another update

Genshin Impact burst onto the scene earlier this year as something of a Zelda Breath of the Wild rip off.

And with a tentative 2020 release date, it's very much gunning for the crowd of gamers who might be done with Zelda Breath of the Wild, but unwilling to wait until the aforementioned Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 comes to Switch.

Many might recall that when Genshin Impact was announced some months back, so angry were some fans by the blatant similarities, of the two games, that some people were quite literally smashing up PS4 consoles in protest.

Slated for release on PS4, PC and mobile, the title was revealed back in August during the ChinaJoy convention, and was immediately picked apart for its striking similarity to Breath of the Wild.

The game was therefore framed as a " Chinese knockoff " of Nintendo's celebrated Switch title.

You can see more of the game on the video, just below.

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For the sake of anyone who missed the games initial reveal, here are the key announcement details:

“This first ever partnership between miHoYo and PlayStation will let us bring Genshin Impact to the broad community of console players, while also welcome players from other platforms to PlayStation,” explained Wei Liu, co-founder of miHoYo, during the PlayStation Online Showcase in China.

“We will be continuing to optimise the PlayStation version of the game to ensure a smooth gameplay experience and adding exclusive content to the platform.

"We look forward to working with PlayStation and listening to feedback from PlayStation players to help us further improve Genshin Impact.”

Some months later, perhaps in a move to actually distinguish the game from the Nintendo title it's so clearly inspired by, the development team has this week revealed some new updates about that game (Via Express ).

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In fairness, the blog post (presumably written from the perspective of someone from within the game) does make the game sound a little bit different compared to Link's aforementioned Switch debut.

Overall, it sounds as though the game will feature some sort of mythical dragon creature patrolling the outskirts of the games main city.

“The City of Freedom, the Crown of the North, the Romantic City of Pastorals — these are names heralded by poets and artists alike for the renowned city of Mondstadt.

“I am devoted to poetry, music, wine, and festivities as much as the next bard; they are literally and metaphorically the sustenance of my life. Therefore, just as any bard would be, I am drawn to Mondstadt like a moth to a flame.

“What caught my attention recently was the sightings of a dragon near Mondstadt. This has had the city folk wrapped in rumours and speculations, myself included.

“Maybe my curiosity got the better of me, or perhaps I too have the blood of an adventurer inside of me, for I am determined to venture forth to the City of Freedom that I have yearned for so long.”

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More details about Genshin Impact are expected to arrive in early 2020, but depending on your Nintendo allegiances, the game could prove the perfect stop-gap to tide you over until Breath of the Wild 2 launches.

If the game were to come out early enough it could easily generate a decent following of players.

Little is known about the release date for Breath of the Wild 2, but given the game has only shown a small teaser so far, we would imagine the game won't be shipping until the very end of 2020 at the earliest.

And that could allow Genshin Impact to easily generate a decent following of players willing to play something close to the levels of perfection we saw Nintendo achieve.

Stay tuned though, because we wouldn't rule out seeing more of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 at The Game Awards 2019.

We'll keep you up to date – on both games – as we learn more.

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