Genshin Impact: The Game You Know but the Story You Don’t

Published 01/02/2021, 9:51 AM EST


Genshin Impact is the biggest break out RPG of 2020 that took over the gaming industry in the latter part of the year. It delivered an action pack of gameplay and combat that circles around a massive roster of characters. The game has everything you can ask from an RPG and on top of that, it is free to play. This combination helped the game to sky-rocketed in terms of popularity and it soon became one of best games of the year.

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The gaming studio behind it, Mihoyo, did not just up and create the blockbuster hit. It had to go through a journey that began all the way back in 2011, in the city of Shanghai.

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The story of Mihoyo before Genshin Impact

No doubt, Genshin Impact is Mihoyo’s biggest game ever, but its journey started a long time ago. The studio, to this date, has been running independently, excluding a single angel investment of $150,000 that the studio took in the initial days. A group of college students formed the company, who were fans of anime, comic books and gaming culture (ACG).

They had a dream of building games that bridged all these genres into a single world. The group of friends worked with the slogan ‘Tech Otaku Save The World’ in mind to save the world of gaming and by staying true to their own otaku identity.

The company made 2D games in the initial phase and its first ever game was ‘Fly Me to the Moon’, which released in 2011. It was a basic side scroller game that followed the theme of the ACG culture and following up on that in 2014, the studio released ‘Gun Girlz’. This was a yet another side scroller, but it had a more intricate storyline and RPG elements that the previous game lacked. The company then released its first 3D Action RPG game ‘Honkai Impact’.

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Honkai was a giant leap into the world of 3D games that was built on the positive aspects of the previous projects. It propelled them into popularity, making them one of the prominent names in the gaming industry. The success of ‘Honkai Impact’ played a vital role in creation of Genshin Impact. Without the success and failures of all three games, Genshin would not have been possible.

Daniel Ahmad, a video game analyst, shared the story of the gaming studio through a series of tweets. You can find the thread on this link.

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‘Honkai Impact’ and ‘Gun Girlz’ built the foundation for ‘Genshin Impact’. The company chose to go the route of making action-adventure RPG titles after the success of its previous games. The studio has now acquired a strong footing in the market with the latest title that has already gained widespread recognition from both fans and gaming awards.

The future of the franchise looks extremely bright as the game continues to stun its naysayers with the unprecedented surge in popularity.

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Ayank Chourasia

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Ayank Chourasia is an eSports author at EssentiallySports and has been professionally writing since 2016 and has worked across many fields. He regularly keeps tabs on a wide range of professional esports like Dota 2, Valorant, CS and fighting games. He has been an ardent gamer since his childhood, and became a defender of the ancients in Dota 2 during his college days.

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