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Massive Genshin Impact update coming soon!

Out by the end of the month!

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Genshin Impact’s developer, Global interactive entertainment, and the publishers, miHoYo just announced the game’s Version 1.5 “Beneath the Light of Jadeite” update. The announcement comes with new plot, characters, and PS5 features. You’ll get to dig further into Liyue’s history, meet Eula and Yanfei, face new foes, and custom your own realm in Teyyat. The best part? You won’t be waiting long. The patch will be out by the end of this month on April 28.

Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact is a free-to-play open-world action RPG that’s set in the world of Teyvat. You play as a traveler setting out looking for your lost sibling. Along the way, you uncover secrets, fight monsters, and encounter friends. So far, only two of the seven major cities in Teyyat are accessible. But, with this new upcoming patch, comes new cities, stories, characters, and seasonal events.

Continue where you left off

This new patch comes with more quest installments. You get to progress in Zhongli’s second installment of his story quest, Noelle’s story quest, and Diona’s (the popular bartender of The Cat’s Tail) new series of Hangout Events.

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Two new playable characters

Eula and Yanfei are getting added to the game. Five-star character, Eula, is the Spindrift Knight and Captain of the Knights of Favonius Reconnaissance Company. Meanwhile, Yanfei is a four-star Pyro-using catalyst wielder.

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New enemies

Two new formidable enemies will also be found in Version 1.5: Azhdaha the “Lord of Vishaps,” and Cryo Hypostasis. The Trounce Domain opponent, Azhdaha, will offer rare rewards once a week for travelers who manage to conquer his attacks. While, the Cryo Hypostasis will be added to Dragonspire as its new Boss Enemy. Just like other enemies in the Hypostasis series, the Cryo Hypostasis has a unique pattern of attack. And once defeated, provides resources like Character Level-Up Materials.

New home

With Version 1.5, you get to finally find a home away from home in Teyvat. This customizable space is accessible with the Serenitea Pot. Created by Liyue’s adepti, the special teapot conceals an entire realm inside. There, you can build and decorate your home however you like.

Game mechanic updates

In this new update, the cost of claiming the first three Trounce Domain rewards per week will be halved. Meanwhile, doubling the amount of Companionship EXP earned in Co-Op Mode.

The third city soon to come

Fans get teased with concept art of the new city, Inazuma. But, both developers and publishers hope you stay tuned for its official release.

Genshin Impact is available on PS4, PS5 Android, iOS, and on PC for free.

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My Hero Academia is getting a battle royale game

In closed beta right now

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Just when you thought the battle royale craze was over, a new contender has approached. Capitalizing on one of the most popular anime series in modern history, Bandai Namco is launching a battle royale based on My Hero Academia. My Hero Academia: Ultra Rumble is currently undergoing a beta test now.

Officially teased by Japan’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine (spotted by Gematsu), the upcoming battle royale game will come to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Steam. Like other battle royales in the genre, the game will be free-to-play.

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However, instead of an all-out brawl between dozens and dozens of players, the game will only feature 24 players in a single round. Though Bandai Namco has not announced a launch date for the battle royale, a closed beta announcement means things are rolling smoothly. It might not take long before an open beta and an eventual launch happens.

My Hero Academia: Ultra Rumble makes sense as a spin-off of the popular anime series. Put simply, My Hero Academia takes place in a world where superpowers are commonplace. It’s easy to see how a battle royale based on the anime can work especially with different powers acting as a way to eliminate opponents.

Curiously enough, the game is coming out in older console generations, rather than the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X/S.

SEE ALSO: FF7 series launches new PS5 update, mobile battle royale

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Microsoft has stopped making all Xbox One consoles

To focus on Xbox Series X/S

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Despite the global shortage, the gaming world is steadily moving towards next generation dominance. Both Sony and Microsoft want gamers to use either the PlayStation 5 or the Xbox Series X/S exclusively. However, the ongoing problem is preventing gamers from switching. To help with the shortages, Microsoft is discontinuing all Xbox One consoles.

This has been a slow death for the previous Xbox generation. Back in 2020, Microsoft stopped producing the Xbox One X and the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition to pave the way for the then-launching Xbox Series X/S. That was only part of the equation. Gamers could still get other variants of the Xbox One series. Of course, that ends now.

Microsoft has stopped producing new units of all Xbox One consoles. If you want to purchase an older Xbox, you’ll have to rely on existing stock.

According to a statement sent to The Verge, the company pushed through with the decision to focus its production more on the still-scant Xbox Series X/S. With enough luck, the move might help the shortage. Both the new Xbox and the PlayStation 5 still notoriously sell out seconds after new stock is announced.

Ironically, Sony is trying the opposite strategy. Because of the ongoing shortages, the PlayStation maker is instead manufacturing more PlayStation 4 units this year, ideally to fill in the lacking PlayStation 5 stock.

Which strategy will prevail? At this point, no one is. Both consoles are still missing from stores despite overwhelming demand.

SEE ALSO: Xbox creates a SpongeBob-themed Xbox Series X

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Acer announces refreshed lineup of Predator desktops, monitors

Refreshed and ready for intense gaming action

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Predator desktops

Acer is no stranger to releasing quality gaming machines early into the new year, and 2022 is no exception. For their gaming lineup, the company announced a full refresh of select Predator gaming desktops and monitors. These refreshed unit promise to bring supreme power and upgradability down the road.

First up on the list are the Acer Predator Orion 3000 and 5000 series of gaming desktops. In these desktop machines, Acer included up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processor with an NVIDIA RTX 3070 and 3080, respectively. They are simply built for the best and for those who only want the best gaming experience. Of course, other features include increased RAM and faster storage options.

To complement these refresh gaming machines, they also announced the new Acer Predator X32 and CG48 Gaming Monitors. For the Predator X32, this comes with a 160Hz refresh rate with 4K resolution and 99% coverage of AdobeRGB. Also, its more powerful brother, the Predator X32 FP, comes with a 165Hz refresh rate and HDMI 2.1 support for next-gen consoles. Similarly, the Predator CG48 comes with HDMI 2.1 on a 48-inch OLED display.

Pricing and availability of the new Predator desktops and monitors have yet to be announced.

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