the video game Of type action-RPG Genshin Impact, developed and edited by the chinese studio miHoYo, is a success if we trust the reviews: 84% at Metacritic, 9/10 for IGN and 17/20 for JVC. The game is particularly appreciated for its graphics inspired by Japanese animation, its rich and regularly updated content as well as its wide open world. And it seems that following this success, miHoYo decided to embark on a whole new project, introducing a whole different world.
Genshin Impact, like other video games like Fortnite Where Roblox, font part of those blockbuster games that you probably know even if you’ve never played. Since its release in September 2020, this until (game that prompts players to spend in-game currency to receive a random virtual item) free-to-play attracted a large following, and is today one of the most popular games from a Chinese developer globally. The studio miHoYo continues to support the project, releasing updates regularly, especially with the 2.3 which is fast approaching.
As reported GamesRadar and PC Gamer, we now have a more precise idea of miHoYo’s long-term plans after Genshin Impact and Honkai : Star Rail. Chinese studio goes open a video game development studio in Montreal, which should focus on a title introducing a new open world in a new setting.
This initiative thus enables miHoYo to gain a foothold in one of the largest development cities in the video game industry. It also represents a new step in the pursuit of Chinese investment in Western development led by Tencent.
WHAT IS THIS GAME?
Although the project does not yet have an official name, we can learn more thanks to new job offers from miHoYo. One of them, for example, looking for a “Senior Level Designer”, describes an open world with urban and wilderness areas, connected by a major road network, emphasizing vehicle play.
We also learn about miHoYo’s ambition, which is to “create a virtual world for a billion people by 2030”. A phrase that could just as easily be a marketing vision as a real goal to achieve, but which reflects this new trend, in line with Zuckerberg’s metaverse, of wanting to create worlds that can accommodate ever more individuals.
There is also a job offer for a “Senior Technical Artist”, revealing that a “destruction system “will be a basic mechanic of the project. The use of the phrase “next gen” is also appealing, although it may just be a catchy term, it probably refers to the current generation of technology.
Especially since another offer looking for a network programmer seems to indicate that this game will have an important online functionality, and that there are three positions that seek expertise in Unreal Engine, a big change from the previous use of Unity by miHoYo for Genshin Impact.
Given the open world and online functionality of this future project, as well as the glaring success from Genshin Impact in the West, it’s a safe bet that this next game will have an economic model similar to that of Genshin Impact. However, the presence of urban environments and vehicles, as well as the special mention of miHoYo describing a “paranormal” frame, suggest a different atmosphere from previous titles from the Chinese studio.
Source: Hitek : actualité geek et tests high tech by hitek.fr.
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