The Genshin Impact 2.8 update is almost here, and the latest Special Program livestream has given players plenty to look forward to in the near future. As usual, new playable characters are arguably the biggest draw. However, getting to see what returning characters will be featured on Banners is another highlight. In addition to the new events and quests, here are the confirmed characters for Genshin Impact 2.8.
Prior to the livestream, Genshin Impact revealed Shikanoin Heizou, a young detective for the Tenryou Commission and Kamisato Ayato\’s friend. While the original announcement didn\’t explicitly confirm Heizou for Version 2.8, it was all but guaranteed given the way HoYoverse typically shares new character details early. Now, thanks to the Genshin Impact 2.8 livestream, Heizou has been confirmed as the newest playable character to join the game\’s roster.
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Heizou is a 4-star Anemo user who wields catalysts in combat. Based on Heizou\’s Talents and Constellations, he will be a DPS-focused character. While a lot about Heizou, his personality, and his abilities leaked already because of beta test datamining, the Genshin Impact 2.8 livestream was the first time fans got an official, extended view of Heizou and how he\’ll play. And if Heizou isn\’t someone\’s cup of tea, there are a number of Banner characters returning in the Version 2.8 update.
Genshin Impact 2.8 Character Banners
Ahead of the presentation, numerous Genshin Impact 2.8 leaks and rumors pointed at Klee and Kazuha being returning 5-star characters for Banner reruns. Kazuha had been rumored for at least the last four updates, so some fans were understandably a bit skeptical. However, Klee, Yoimiya, and Kazuha (who is getting his own Story Quest in 2.8) have now been confirmed for reruns, offering players who missed them previously to pull for these 5-stars at a boosted rate. Additionally, 4-star characters like Xinyan, Mona, and Fischl will appear during the \”Summertime Fantasia\” update. The confirmed characters for Genshin Impact 2.8 are:
The Genshin Impact 2.8 update is set to go live on July 13, 2022. However, the 3.0 update – which will open up the Sumeru region and debut new Dendro characters – is next in line and expected to release near the end of the summer. So, players – especially F2P users – will need to choose carefully if they want to pull for these 2.8 characters or save up Primogems for Version 3.0 in six weeks.
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