Will there be a Genshin Impact 2.9?

It's official, Hoyoverse is skipping Genshin Impact 2.9 and going straight to 3.0 with its next major update, which will bring in Sumeru and Dendro

Genshin Impact 2.9 release date: Kazuha and Xinyan float in the clouds in the Summer Fantasia artwork

Want to know about the Genshin Impact 2.9 update? Thanks to the recent Genshin Impact 3.0 livestream, we now have official confirmation that there won’t in fact be an update 2.9. This is similar to what happened prior to Genshin Impact 2.0’s release, where the studio jumped from 1.6 straight to 2.0 with the introduction of Inazuma.

The Genshin Impact 3.0 release date is now set for August 24, and the final Genshin Impact events and Genshin Impact banners due to expire the day before. Below is the remainder of the original article text, which laid out our reasoning as to why we theorised Hoyoverse were going to skip Genshin Impact 2.9.

Genshin Impact 2.9

After the 1.6 update launched in June 2021, everyone logically assumed that the next update was going to be version 1.7. However, due to the amount of new content present in 1.6, Hoyoverse decided to skip a few versions and go all the way to patch 2.0. This is the same patch that introduced Teyvat’s third major region, Inazuma. This sets a precedent for the studio skipping version numbers when it feels the situation warrants.

Let’s take a moment to look at the Genshin Impact rumour-mill. At the time of writing, information on new Genshin Impact characters, leaks on the upcoming new region, Sumeru, as well as the RPG game’s seventh element, Dendro, have all appeared online, reportedly from a 3.0 beta.

This includes datamined information on Tighnari, Dori, and Collei; new characters that were officially announced by Hoyoverse via the game’s Twitter account. In recent months, any characters that have been officially revealed by the studio tend to release in the following patch. The common thread uniting all of these leaks and rumours is that this is all content expected to drop in 3.0. Further to that, there are no known rumours associated with version 2.9.

Taking this all into account, we’re guessing that there won’t be a Genshin Impact 2.9 update, and instead, Hoyoverse will skip straight to 3.0 come the end of August. Hoyoverse has already shared a preview about Sumeru and the Dendro element, and we should expect a livestream two weeks before the expected release date for the next update.

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That’s everything we know about the Genshin Impact 2.9 release date. If you’re looking for less speculation and more cold hard facts, check out our Genshin Impact tier list for the best characters in the game. We’ve also got a Genshin Impact codes guide, so you can collect some free primogems while we wait for more information.