Genshin Impact 2.8 release date, banners, and rumours

Hoyoverse has announced the Genshin Impact 2.8 release date, here are all known details on the update, banners, characters, events, and pre-load times

Genshin Impact 2.8 release date: new Anemo character Heizou is rumoured to be arriving in update 2.8

Want to know when the Genshin Impact 2.8 release date is? Despite the 2.7 update delay that disrupted Hoyoverse’s usual six week development cycle for the anime game, the studio has already announced an expected release date for the next update, version 2.8, well in advance of when we would usually find out.

This is still subject to change, of course, but for now rest assured that the Genshin Impact 2.8 release date has been set, although there’s still plenty more we don’t know about the new update. Current rumours suggest we’ll get a new Genshin Impact character, but there will also be new Genshin Impact events and other new content to work through as well.

Despite the fact that Genshin Impact 2.7 has only recently been released, there are still plenty of rumours circulating for us to compile into one place. From events, to banners, and whatever else we’ve managed to discover, here’s everything we know about Genshin Impact 2.8, including the release date.

Genshin Impact 2.8 release date

The Genshin Impact 2.8 release date is expected July 13, 2022. This is taken from a notice Hoyoverse posted on May 19, stipulating not only the new release date for the 2.7 patch, but also confirming that the usual six-week patch cycle would resume. As part of this the studio confirmed it intended to release the 2.8 patch in July.

Again, while this is subject to change (should another delay occur, for example) this is still a pretty strong statement of intent from Hoyoverse, so we can take it as written for now.

Genshin Impact 2.8 banners

Heizou is an upcoming character who has been referenced in game files, but was finally – officially – announced by Hoyoverse on May 16. Leaked information from a 2.8 beta has also led to Heizou’s ability data leaking online. This mirrors the pattern of Yelan and Kuki Shinobu – two new characters who were first announced and featured in the 2.7 beta, who debut on the current Genshin Impact banners for patch 2.7.

While Heizou’s banner release date hasn’t been confirmed yet, we’d be surprised if he didn’t appear at some point in patch 2.8 based on the above. The first concrete Heizou rumour arrived in mid-February, from known Genshin leaker Ubatcha:

After Heizou’s announcement and the start of the 2.8 beta, another trusted leaker called Lumie suggested that Heizou would be in the first banner of patch 2.8:

Like Kuki Shinobu, Heizou is rumoured to be a four-star character, which means it’s likely he will feature as a four-star option on another (four-star) character banner. While we wait, the leaked ability data means we can take some early stabs at putting together a good Heizou build, as well as what a good Heizou team composition might look like.

Genshin Impact 2.8 events, free Fischl

Genshin Impact 2.8 events

No Genshin Impact 2.8 events have been confirmed yet, but there are already several rumours from 2.8 beta leaks that have appeared online. For example, according to Genshin leaker Genshin Intel, we could be getting a new event to obtain Fischl for free:

Other rumours include a jigsaw puzzle minigame.

Genshin Impact 2.8 livestream

The Genshin Impact 2.8 livestream hasn’t been announced yet, however previous livestreams have taken place roughly 10 – 12 days prior to the release date of a new patch.

With a 2.8 release date of July 13, that would put the livestream between Friday, July 1 and Monday, July 4. Hoyoverse has already set a precedent of running livestreams on weekends, so the whole window is valid.

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That’s everything we know about Genshin Impact 2.8. For more Genshin tips, check out our Genshin Impact tier list to find out who the best characters currently are, and we also have plenty of Genshin Impact codes for free primogems.

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