Genshin Impact 4.4 Leaks Hint at Two New Character Skins With Lantern Rite Rerun
Fans of Genshin Impact are looking forward to the upcoming 4.4 update. According to leaks, the Lantern Rite Festival, which coincides with Chinese New Year, is slated to make a rerun, along with the release of two highly awaited character skins for Ganyu and Shenhe.
The leak, by reputable leaker Foul, has gotten a lot of attention for revealing what could be the game's first set of 5-star character skins. Ganyu and Shenhe, both Cloud Retainer pupils, are rumored to receive new outfits, a big deviation from the traditional pattern of one 5-star and one 4-star character receiving new skins.
Leaked Skins for Ganyu and Shenhe for Version 4.4
According to recent leaks, Ganyu and Shenhe are expected to receive new skins in version 4.4, coinciding with the return of the Lantern Rite Festival for the Chinese New Year. The leak, originating from a user named Foul, suggests that both characters, who are 5-star units, will be receiving skins for the first time. The leaked details describe Ganyu's potential costume as a formal dress with leg rings, and intriguingly, she is rumored to be barefoot. Additionally, both skins are said to be predominantly black with blue accents.
The community's reaction to the leaked information has been a mix of excitement, skepticism, and frustration. Many players are thrilled at the prospect of new skins, especially for highly popular characters like Ganyu and Shenhe. However, the absence of concept art and the reliance on leaks have left some players cautious, urging fellow travelers to take the information with a grain of salt.
Traditionally, Genshin Impact releases new skins with one for a 5-star character and another for a 4-star, offered for free to all players. However, as both Ganyu and Shenhe are 5-star units this time, speculation arises that both skins may be paid items available exclusively in Paimon's Bargains shop. Interestingly, there are hints that these costumes may be classified as 4-star items.
Despite this, players are advised to approach this information cautiously as it is solely based on leaks. The 4.4 update is expected to be released on 31st January 2023
Discussion on Mihoyo's Approach
The community's frustration extends beyond the leaked skins to a broader discussion about Mihoyo's approach to monetization and content release. Players have voiced concerns about the perceived lack of new skins for characters and the slow pace at which they are introduced. Some argue that additional skins would provide a fresh look for characters, potentially driving more spending and engagement from the player base.
The conversation also touches upon the delayed release of merchandise and figures for the game. While other successful franchises, such as Pokemon, heavily capitalize on merchandising, Genshin Impact seems to be taking a more measured approach, leaving fans eager for more official collectibles and memorabilia.