Genshin Impact v. 3.4: New area, two more characters revealed

Here’s what’s new



Genshin Impact 3.4

The Version 3.4 update for global hit Genshin Impact called The Exquisite Night Chimes, will drop on January 18.

Players may be able to enjoy the annual celebration of Lantern Rite, competitions in Inazuma, more outfits including a free one for Lisa, a free four-star Liyue character playable as an ally, and more rewards.

You may watch the trailer to get yourselves engaged in the latest version of the popular open world RPG:


Lantern Rite

As new year in Teyvat approaches, Liyue will once again shine. Festivities this year will include a music festival featuring guests from afar, a Paper Theater performance, a folk-art show performed by local artisans with the help of the Traveler.

Different games will be made available to play as well, including racing game Radiant Sparks where gamers may take part in fireworks display.

Completing challenges in this season’s event will allow players to claim 10 plus 3 Intertwined Fates, a 4-star Liyue character, and Lisa’s new outfit for free.

New competitions in Inazuma

In Inazuma, there are going to be two additional unique competitions: Warrior Spirit and Beetle Brawl.

Organized by the Yashiro Commission, Warrior Spirit pits contestants in a duel where they shall use traditional Inazuman sword techniques.

On the other hand, participants have to battle with their Onikabuto in Beetle Brawl.

New allies

Two more playable Dendro characters will also be part of Version 3.4: 5-star sword wielder Alhaitham and 4-star character Yaoyao.

Alhaitham can create “Chisel-Light Mirrors” to convert attacks into Dendro Damage, unleash coordinated attacks, increase damage dealt by his Elemental Burst, and more.

Meanwhile, Yaoyao can wield a polearm in battle and uses the “Yuegui” device to deal more damage and heal teammates.

New area

Lastly, a new area called the Desert of Hadramaveth will be revealed. Positioned in the distant desert of Sumeru, this desert will be home to ancient remains and mysteries. Players will have more World Quests to enjoy.

Following the “Golden Slumber” World Quest, players may once again start an adventure with Jeht from the Tanit Camps. They will encounter a mysterious Magic Bottle and find the long-lost Orchard of Pairidaeza.


Buy AMD’s Ryzen 7000 series-Star Wars Jedi: Survivor bundle

Cal Kestis’ adventure continues



AMD Ryzen Jedi Survivor

AMD has an early offer for those anticipating the release of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.

Until April 1, 2023, customers may avail of the AMD Ryzen Game Bundle which includes select 7000 series processors and access to Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.

Powered by the new Zen 4 architecture, Ryzen 7000 series desktop processors offer incredible performance for gamers — up to 15% faster than the Zen 3 generation.

When purchased, gamers will receive a redemption code and will have until May 6, 2023 to redeem their copy of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.

The action adventure game is set to release on March 17 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows.

The sequel to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order stars now Jedi Knight Cal Kestis, whose story continues with adventures that will push him further than ever as he fights to protect the galaxy from descending into darkness.

Players will discover new planets and visit familiar frontiers in the Star Wars galaxy in the game, each with unique biomes, challenges, and enemies.

Watch the Star Wars Jedi: Survivor trailer. 

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Cult classic GoldenEye 007 is coming to Xbox, Switch

Through Game Pass or Switch Online



Before the stark rise of Call of Duty and Halo, there was 1993’s DOOM. The still-popular title revolutionized the playing field for first-person shooters on the PC. A few years after that iconic game released, another title quietly reinvented the genre for consoles: GoldenEye 007. Whereas DOOM defined the FPS genre for the PC, GoldenEye 007 did the same for consoles. Now, gamers today will officially get a way to play the game on modern hardware without the use of emulators.

Announced today, Rare is releasing the original game on Xbox and Nintendo Switch. Between the two, the focus is on the Xbox version. Both the Xbox One and the Xbox Series X/S will have access to a 4K remaster of the original GoldenEye 007, featuring higher framerates, dual analog sticks support, and local multiplayer. The HD title will come through either the Xbox Game Pass or the Rare Replay collection.

On the other hand, the Nintendo Switch version is as classic as it gets. Released almost in its original form, the Switch version will come as part of the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack package of games for the N64. Additionally, unlike the Xbox version, the Switch is advertising an online multiplayer mode.

Both versions will unlock on January 27.

As it says in the title, GoldenEye 007 is an adaptation of the James Bond film of the same name. Outside of the title’s legacy in the video game world, the film kickstarted the modern era of the James Bond film franchise with Pierce Brosnan’s first outing as the iconic British spy.

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Blizzard shuts down almost all games in China

Including Warcraft and Overwatch



Blizzard’s games are about to become a lot less crowded. After failing to pen another agreement, Blizzard and NetEase have (mostly) parted ways. The breakup means that the former is now forced to close down almost all of its games in China.

Because of the different policies in China, Blizzard has to reply on a local partner to distribute their games in the country. For almost a decade and a half, the developer’s partner has always been NetEase, one of the biggest names in Chinese gaming. Initially, the two companies’ deal ended in December; however, Blizzard sought a six-month extension to seek for a more long-term deal with either NetEase or another client.

While Blizzard on Weibo expressed regrets for the lack of a deal, NetEase is less than happy at being painted a villain amid the commotion. In a separate Weibo post (translated via Wowhead), the Chinese company opened about Blizzard’s persistent search for another client while maintaining a shorter relationship with NetEase. The company likens it to “riding a mule while looking for a horse” or a “divorce while still [trying] to live together.”

In a more brutal fashion, NetEase showed more emotion about the separation by physically shattering Blizzard’s orc statue in NetEase’s offices and streaming them doing so. The company also released a new drink called Blizzard Green Tea in its shop. (The term refers to a modern insult which refers to someone who acts innocently but has more lascivious motivations deep inside.)

As a result of the catastrophic separation, Blizzard has shut down its major games in the country including World of Warcraft, Overwatch 2, and Diablo. Of note, Diablo Immortal remains untouched because of a separate deal with NetEase.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft is being prevented from buying Activision Blizzard

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