Genshin Impact burst into the gaming scene when it released a few weeks ago. Seeing 17 million downloads on mobile alone, Genshin Impact is proving to be a success on PC, PS4, and mobile. But some wonder if the game will ever see its way to the Xbox, and that question may now be answered.
Developer miHoYo talked with Twinfinite recently about the game, and one important question was answered. In explaining that Genshin Impact would be coming to the PS5, meaning next-gen, miHoYo said that the team has no plans to bring the game to Xbox consoles, both current and next-gen.
Thanks to recent acquisitions of the likes of Obsidian, Interplay Entertainment, and of course the massive purchase of Bethesda, the Xbox is suddenly the home of western RPGs. But it is fair to claim that Xbox is heavy on the western RPG side, without having many Asian RPG titles. Genshin Impact is, of course, Chinese developed, and the title could add a lot more variety to the Xbox RPG library.
We have plans regarding next-gen consoles, and we will be announcing them as these plans take shape. We do not currently have plans to release the game on Xbox.
The no Xbox update is very interesting because one would think that a game like Genshin Impact would benefit from being on all platforms. Free-to-play titles can thrive by simply being available to as many players as possible, especially with crossplay in mind, which Genshin Impact supports. Much of the success comes from players jumping on to give the game a shot with friends for free, since there is basically no downside. There are probably friends who enjoy playing Fortnite, Warzone, and now Apex Legends in crossplay on different systems that would have also enjoyed trying Genshin Impact together.
Even if it isn\’t coming to Xbox, Genshin Impact is still on the move. It has already been confirmed that it will see a Switch release, along with the aforementioned PS5 version. Genshin Impact has seen success all over the world, including China, but it won\’t see a release on the American Xbox any time soon.
For those who are able to play the game, whether on PC, PS4, or mobile, they seem to be enjoying it, as Genshin Impact has reviewed very well. The game seems to be a solid mix of various recent success stories in gaming, as it shares similarities in gameplay mechanics with the remarkably beloved Breath of the Wild but has multiplatform crossplay like Fortnite. The fact that it will soon be a next-gen title, but still available to play on mobile, shows that the game has a seriously wide range. However, the Xbox isn\’t a part of that, at least for the foreseeable future.
Genshin Impact is available now on mobile, PC, and PS4, and later on Switch.