Genshin Impact Update 1.3 Celebrates The New Year

The event is the most important of the year for the in-game universe.

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Genshin Impact was one of the biggest success stories of 2020, and the free-to-play action-RPG is showing no signs of slowing down this year. Beginning next month, the game's Tayvat setting will celebrate the new year with the Lantern Rite event.

Starting February 3 with game version 1.3, all players will be able to participate in Lantern Rite at the Liyue Harbor. Those who participate will receive the free four-star Liyue character along with 1,600 Primogems, and you'll see special lanterns float into the sky as the first full moon of the year appears overhead.

You'll have to complete several different requests from the other people celebrating to help them prepare, and this will raise the "Festive Fever" level and let you complete even more quests.

One of the special additions for the event is a tower defense game called Theater Mechanicus, and it's available to play either alone or with a group. You can receive special Peace Talismans for winning that can be used in the Xiao Market on a variety of items. You'll find a variety of other small games to try out, too. It's like a carnival with social distancing.

Developer miHoYo promises there are some other surprises in store during the event, too. Genshin Impact has been updated with new content since its release in 2020, adding new heroes and missions to keep players engaged. It's available now on iOS, Android, PC, PS4, and PS5 via backward compatibility, with a Nintendo Switch planned for the future. It's free on all platforms, with a gacha system used for unlocking new characters. They each offer their own abilities, giving you tremendous variety. With new characters added regularly, it also gives lapsed players a reason to come back.

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