In Honkai: Star Rail, you discover the galaxy on a flying prepare blessed by a (probably) useless god. You gather anime buddies and combat anime enemies. It is principally Genshin Impression in area, and you can play it without cost subsequent month.
In a stream earlier in the present day, developer MiHoYo introduced that Honkai: Star Rail will launch on April 26 with preloading obtainable on April 23. PC gamers can seize the sport by way of its official launcher or the Epic Video games Retailer.
The sport’s first story arc, or model (regardless of this being its debut), is named “The Rail Unto the Stars” and will likely be your introduction to its sci-fi world. Honkai: Star Rail takes place in the identical universe as 2016’s Honkai Impression third and even options a number of returning characters. However you needn’t play the older sport to grasp the brand new one. It takes place a few years sooner or later and has a separate story.
Honkai: Star Rail is a free-to-play gacha sport like its predecessor, so there are many characters to roll the cube for, every with numerous talents that can assist you in its slick turn-based fight. Enemies have elemental weaknesses and you must construct a crew to use them.
Genshin Impression gamers will likely be accustomed to constructing four-person groups and equipping them with grindable gear, however Honkai: Star Rail is not precisely an open world sport. You journey to planets and discover them to progress a semi-linear story about an invading pressure of evil monsters. Your principal character—who will be both male or feminine—has one thing known as the “Most cancers of all Worlds” in them, which looks as if one thing you will be attempting to repair because the story continues in future updates. In any other case… yikes.
I performed loads of the sport’s final beta take a look at and was struck by its over-the-top fight animations and legitimately humorous writing. In comparison with Genshin Impression, Honkai: Star Rail feels a bit extra grownup and much more on-line: there are jokes concerning the metaverse and a whole textual content messaging system with emojis. There’s additionally a sidequest the place you speak to a plant.
The sport pulled in over 5 million pre-registrations (opens in new tab) final month, which could imply Genshin Impression may have some competitors—should you can name it that.
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