The twins won’t spawn, but familiar locations certainly will.
During the 3.1 special last month, fans of Genshin Impact were treated to the exciting news that an anime adaptation was on the way. Anticipation skyrocketed after news broke that Ufotable, the animation studio behind the hit series demon slayer, would team up with HoYoverse to bring the world of Teyvat to the small screen. While details surrounding the project have been limited, a recent leak is giving fans an idea of what to expect.
A recent post made by user Liuuzaki on the Genshin Impact leaks subreddit shows a translation of a message originally posted on a Chinese discussion forum. According to this, the anime series will be a prequel to the game itself and won’t feature the twins – instead, it will begin nearly 500 years before the events of the gacha title. Specifically, the series is said to focus on the nations of Teyvat before the Archon War begins. If this rumor is to be believed, entire seasons will be devoted to another nation appearing in Genshin Impact, promising that the series will not be a flash in the pan. Ufotable could be here for the long haul – understandable, given how much of a cash cow the free game has proven to be over the past few years.
In May it was announced that Genshin Impact had surpassed $3 billion in worldwide lifetime spend for gamers on Google Play and the App Store since its initial launch on September 28, 2020. After its release in 2020, Genshin Impact took 171 days to generate its first billion on mobile. Following this model, the game generated an average revenue of $1 billion every six months. There’s no doubt that the anime series will pull in some serious numbers when it releases.
According to the leak, the series has been in development for almost 18 months. Three of the supposed 12 episodes have already finished, with the first season likely taking place in the Mondstadt area. This is the first area players explore in the game.
The game features a vast world, and fans are hoping the anime series will go into more detail about each of the seven continents and the respective Archons or Guardians. Although the manga series is not as popular as the game itself, many posts on Reddit express interest in the anime series using storylines from the manga.
Genshin Impact is available to play on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and mobile devices. A Nintendo Switch version is currently in development, although no release date has been announced. It’s unclear when the anime series will be released, but HoYoverse has promised that it will be a long-term project. Ultimately, fans could watch over 100 episodes to enjoy.