Studio miHoYo has been adamant since launch that the visuals of Genshin were inspired, but not limited, by Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but it seems that some are taking those comparisons too far. With accusations that Genshin is a ‘carbon copy’ of the hit Nintendo game, the devs want fans to know that the visual stylization does not dictate the game’s overall appeal.
In a recent interview with FreeMMOStation, a representative of miHoYo mentioned that the studio has always held Breath of the Wild “in high regard” and that it hasn’t been shy about sharing how Nintendo’s open-world game inspired Genshin.
The studio added, “That said, it is important to note that once you actually pick up the game, you will find the experience of Genshin Impact to be very different from that of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Genshin Impact features a fully original story and characters, and the core gameplay revolves around assembling a party of multiple characters and engaging in a combat system based on interactions between different elements. As we go from closed beta to official release, players will soon be able to discover the unique features and joy that Genshin Impact delivers.”
Genshin Impact is a charming experience and for being a free-to-play game also available on mobile, the in-game transactions are surprisingly mild. It’s a beautiful game available at no charge, so for those interested in trying it out, Genshin Impact is available now on PlayStation 4, PC, and mobile devices.