Based on a website filled with cryptic imagery, Genshin Impact developer HoYoverse will reveal its next game, Zenless Zone Zero, this coming weekend. Founded roughly a decade ago in Shanghai, China, the team formerly known as miHoYo produced multiple games before Genshin Impact\’s meteoric success catapulted the studio to brand-new heights. The free-to-play game\’s commercial victories, unsurprisingly, laid the groundwork for company growth, evidenced by the opening of HoYoverse\’s first North American office in Montréal late last year.
After much anticipation, Genshin Impact hit PC, PlayStation 4, and mobile devices in September 2020, offering players a chance to explore a fantastical world filled with places to explore, characters to meet, and inventive special abilities to learn. HoYoverse\’s regular content updates keep players invested long-term, with new areas, playable heroes, and in-game activities entering the mix every six weeks or so. While in the middle of churning out fresh content for Genshin Impact, HoYoverse developers have also busied themselves with a completely new project that will soon take the spotlight in its own right.
An official HoYoverse website (via Eurogamer) is presently teasing a project named Zenless Zone Zero. HoYoverse modeled the webpage after a living room in the 80s, complete with a box TV set as the centerpiece stacked atop a VCR. A couple of posters, VCR tapes, and subwoofers surround the television, as well. Most interesting, however, is the May 2022 calendar that sits to the side, with the thirteenth day of the month circled in red ink. Presumably, the development team will unveil Zenless Zone Zero this coming Saturday. Clicking the two dials situated on the TV provides a few more hints about what the Genshin Impact creator has planned. As of writing, the first dial unlocks an animated commercial starring a tiger and polar bear for something called Nitro Fuel. Pressing the second dial results in the appearance of a Breaking News broadcast; another press on the same button runs through several distorted images in a narrated video that mentions \”doomsday\” more than once.
The 24-hour countdown clock resting atop the TV seems to denote when new imagery will enter the rotation for the TV\’s dial presses. In about 22 hours from now, then, those who visit the website will likely be welcomed by another teaser video of some kind. Whether or not it may offer concrete details remains a mystery for the time being.
Information on whatever Zenless Zone Zero entails isn\’t all HoYoverse fans await to hear from the studio. The delay of Genshin Impact\’s 2.7 update recently threw players for a loop, but the development team plans on compensating users with free weekly gifts starting Wednesday, May 11. Notably, the free rewards will include items such as Primogems and Resin.