Developers of Genshin Impact were deeply affected by the allegations of cloning The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, to the point where they were moved to tears.
According to Xgamingserver, during the Genshin Impact FES event, miHoYo president Lie Wei expressed that the team was greatly impacted by the negative feedback and accusations of copying they received in the early stages. The criticism was so intense that even fans of Breath of the Wild protested the Genshin Impact showcase, with one attendee going as far as smashing his PS4 in front of the booth.
Wei did not specifically mention Breath of the Wild, but he chuckled when referring to the "unprecedented crisis." The speech was posted on Twitter by @tokinohikaru_00.
MiHoYo president Daiwei expressed his emotions and thoughts about Genshin Impact during the Genshin Impact FES 2023 event in Shanghai. His speech deeply moved the audience, with some feeling emotional while watching. Daiwei acknowledged the challenges faced along the way but expressed gratitude for being able to reach this point.
"When I released the closed beta version, I felt a sense of accomplishment. However, the response to the closed beta exceeded our expectations. It was completely different than what we had anticipated," Wei explained.
During the closed beta phase, our team encountered a significant challenge. The video showcasing the closed beta received mixed reactions, with many viewers expressing confusion about the game's objectives. There was a lack of understanding and numerous misconceptions surrounding Genshin. As a result, our team became quite concerned about the situation.
I have vivid memories of my younger colleagues, filled with tears and asking me, "Why is this happening? What have we done to deserve this?" However, their innocence and youthfulness made them fearless. We were determined to think and take action to overcome the challenges ahead.
Wei and his team turned criticism into motivation to prove themselves. As they continued to reveal more of Genshin Impact, they gradually won over fans.
Genshin Impact has gained immense popularity as a highly popular live service game, captivating a large fanbase with its action RPG gameplay and anime-influenced open world environment. It has become one of the biggest games in its genre. According to reports, Microsoft had the opportunity to secure Genshin Impact as an exclusive game for Xbox, but they decided against it. However, it is now said that Microsoft regrets this
Since its initial release, the game has received numerous updates, introducing fresh characters, quests, items, and various other additions. Additionally, it has also collaborated with other popular franchises, such as Horizon: Zero Dawn.
In a highly positive review, IGN gave Genshin Impact a score of 9/10 and described it as an outstanding open-world game with an addictive exploration aspect, making it an amazing adventure with anime-inspired elements
Ryan Dinsdale is a freelance reporter for Xgamingserver. He has a strong passion for The Witcher and can talk about it
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