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Legend of Zelda-like Genshin Impact gets a September release date

August 18, 2020 Developer Mihoyo confirms that the game will hit PC in September

We may never see The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on PC, but we may get close enough with this upcoming PC game. Genshin Impact is a hack-and-slash RPG that makes its Zelda inspirations clear through a brightly coloured, cel-shaded open-world that’s stuffed with old towns to dwell in and nature to explore.

If that sounds like your kind of thing, then you won’t have to wait long to try it – the Genshin Impact release date is September 28. Developer Mihoyo initially revealed that it would be out before October, but it’s nice to have a better idea of when we can play it.

Genshin Impact initially caught the attention of many last year when it was revealed at digital game expo ChinaJoy. It wasn’t the best of starts as many quickly pointed to the numerous similarities between Genshin Impact and Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

The anime game features gliding, giant robot enemies that shoot laser energy, and a stamina meter that dictates your sprinting and climbing. All this unfolds in a world that appears very similar to Breath of the Wild – so you can see why people make the association.

One disgruntled Zelda fan went as far as smashing his PS4 after noticing the similarities. As Abacus then reported, some developers worried the game would damage the reputation of videogames developed in China.

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Since then, however, the game’s more unique characteristics have come through, such as the anime-like appearances of its characters and hack-and-slash style combat from the developer’s previous titles like Honkai Impact Third.

The RPG’s release is only one month away, but If you’re keen to try something else while you wait, we’ve rounded up the best new PC games in 2020 so far.

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