At the end of September, the fantasy RPG Genshin Impact will be celebrating its second anniversary. In these two years, the game has become one of the most popular on the market and soon it even becomes the most expensive RPG ever.
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Genshin Impact: MiHoYo Flagship Hits Huge Milestone
The game is free and is available not only for mobile devices but also for PC and PlayStation. The developer earns income through the gacha game mechanics and generates this millions every month. For those who are not familiar with this game mechanic: Gacha is based on the gashapon that is common in Japan. You pull capsules – usually equipped with small game figures – from machines and don’t know beforehand what you’ll get – many are willing to spend a lot of money for this surprise effect.
According to IGN, everything at Genshin Impact started with a development and marketing budget of 100 million US dollars. A bundle of money that catapulted the game to number 12 of the most expensive video games in the world. In a presentation in February 2021, MiHoYo President Cai Haoyu stated that Genshin Impact consumes around US$200 million in development costs per year. No wonder, after all, the game gets Lots of new content every few weeks donated – be it new characters, areas or events (source: IGN).
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This costly development ensures that Genshin Impact will soon the most expensive game of all time becomes, because then 500 million US dollars will have been reached. For comparison: Cloud Imperium Games’ multiplayer game Star Citizen has cost more than 400 million US dollars to date and currently holds the number one spot – and it hasn’t even been released yet. Cyberpunk 2077 and Call of Duty Modern Warfare ranked second and third with just over $300 million.
Genshin Impact: Massive update coming in August
For August 24th, MiHoYo has a huge update announced. Under the name “Awakening a thousand roses in the morning” you get, among other things, access to Sumeru, one of seven major cities in the game.
You can get a first impression in the trailer for the update:
Genshin Impact Version 3.0 Preview Video: “A Thousand Roses Awaken in the Morning”
So far, Genshin Impact has been released for iOS, Android, PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Currently, The Game Awards fantasy RPG is also nominated for “Best Continuing Game”..