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Genshin Impact 5.0 release date window, new map, and characters

Everything we know about what's coming to the Genshin Impact 5.0 update including details on Natlan, the new Saurian dragons, and characters.

Genshin Impact 5.0 update Saurian

When is the Genshin Impact 5.0 release date? There’s not long to go until the launch of Genshin Impact’s next big update, where we’ll get a brand-new map, characters, creatures, and story. We’ll also be introduced to the Pyro Archon, who should be available as a playable character at some point in the near future.

Though Hoyoverse has been fairly quiet when it comes to the Genshin Impact 5.0 update, leakers have been hot on the latest details, including new characters, and what looks like a PvP mode. We’ve also got information on character kits, artifacts, and of course, a new area with creatures that we can either control or play as. Let’s take a look at everything we know about the upcoming update.

Genshin Impact 5.0 release date window

We should get a Genshin Impact 5.0 release date at the end of August. If Hoyoverse sticks to the typical six-week schedule, then Genshin Impact 5.0 should arrive on Wednesday, August 28, 2024.

As is the case with the biggest Genshin Impact updates of the year, Hoyoverse goes directly to the next whole number rather than continuing the existing cadence. With the 4.8 update set to launch in June, it’s highly likely we’ll skip the 4.9 update and go straight to the next big update.

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Genshin Impact Natlan

The region, Natlan, was teased in the 4.7 livestream and though we don’t know much about it, it does look as if it’ll be located near Sumeru and have a dry, volcanic terrain. It’s also home to dragons, called Saurian, and while these creatures don’t look like typical dragons, they are adorable, and should aid players in getting around Natlan.

Hoyoverse released a teaser of three Saurian, which shows them burrowing underground, scaling tall cliffs, and swimming through water and lava. It also shows one creature using its tongue to grab an object and spin through the air, so it’s likely they can be used to reach inaccessible areas, or solve puzzles.

Genshin Impact characters

According to leaks on Reddit, three new characters are arriving with the 5.0 update, though there’s still no news of the Pyro Archon, their location, or when they’ll become playable. The end of the Genshin Impact 4.8 livestream gave us a glimpse of the new characters set to join from the Natlan region.

Though we don’t know any of the names of the upcoming Genshin Impact characters, leaks suggest that they will be a five-star Dendro, claymore character, a five-star Hydro, catalyst character, and a four-star Geo polearm character. It’s likely these characters will be split across both of the Genshin Impact banners.

Genshin Impact 5.0 update

The leaks say that Natlan will be divided into four parts and the three characters are from different tribes within Natlan, though this hasn’t been verified.

Now you’re caught up on when to expect the Genshin Impact 5.0 update, here are the latest Genshin Impact codes and all Shrine of Depths locations for all areas.