Announced via livestream, Genshin Impact’s Update 2.4 content, “Fleeting Colors in Flight”, is scheduled to be playable on January 5, 2022. Liyue’s biggest annual festival, the Lantern Rite, will be held once again, bringing back rich rewards, the chance to obtain a free four-star Liyue character, and even the Jade Chamber that was destroyed in the past Archon Quest. In addition, the first version update of 2022 will unveil Enkanomiya, the remains of an underwater nation that has been sealed away for thousands of years beneath Inazuma.
What’s New in Update 2.4
In the previous updates, Travelers were introduced to the country of Inazuma, an archipelago composed of different islands. In Update 2.4,, players get to explore the last island belonging to the nation: Enkanomiya.
Unlike the other islands in Inazuma, Enkanomiya is a huge floating island located beneath the ocean, constantly eroded by the Abyss. Ancestors of the people of Watatsumi Island once lived there, leaving the ruins of an ancient civilization that are older than any other relics found on land. Without day and night underground, players will find a way to use Dainichi Mikoshi, the artificial sun developed by the ancient civilization, as they delve into the puzzles and depths of Enkanomiya.
Dangerous enemies also await in the unknown new area. Living in the dark waters of Enkanomiya, Bathysmal Vishaps are cunning social predators who can hunt together and take advantage of their surroundings in combat. More enemies also show up from the Abyss. The Abyss Lector: Fathomless Flames can unleash Pyro attacks that deal delayed bursts of damage regardless of whether characters are shielded or not.
Shenhe and Yun Jin
To confront the challenges, players can team up with more reliable companions. The two new playable characters joining at the start of Update 2.4 are both polearm users and reliable supports to the team. The new five-star character Shenhe not only wields the power of Cryo herself but also increases the Cryo damage dealt by her teammates. Her Elemental Skill can also boost either nearby party members’ Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst damage, or their Normal, Plunging, and Charged Attack damage.
The four-star character Yun Jin owns a Geo Vision, and she can buff her teammates’ Normal Attacks based on her Defense and the variety of Visions in the player’s party. As an opera master, Yun Jin’s opera performance will be voiced by a professional Peking Opera Artist, while her daily-life dialogues will be delivered by voice actors in different languages.
Aside from Shenhe, Update 2.4 also sees the return of many popular Liyue five star characters. For the first time since launch, Xiao and Ganyu will have their re-run banners together. Players can opt to pull from either Xiao’s banner or Ganyu’s banner. If you’re still on the fence, both these characters, together with Hu Tao, are hailed as the “Liyue Big Three” – the three characters that output the biggest damage numbers in the game so far. The other five star returning in Update 2.4 would be none other than Morax himself, Zhongli. Players who are in need of damage for their teams or shielding would do well to recruit these Liyue stalwarts.
The Lantern Rite Returns
As the world of Teyvat sees its own new year arrive in Update 2.4, Liyue Harbor will once again be packed with games, stalls, vendors, and all sorts of festivities to celebrate the Lantern Rite. In this year, the Traveler can also pitch in to help Ningguang and the locals rebuild the Jade Chamber. Meanwhile, rich rewards including 10 Intertwined Fates, a chance to get one of the eight free four-star Liyue characters, and Ningguang’s new outfit Orchid’s Evening Gown can be obtained in the latest seasonal events. Keqing’s new outfit Opulent Splendor will also be on sale with a limited-time discount.
Genshin Impact’s Update 2.4 update will be arriving on January 5, 2022. With the cross-save function, players can now continue their adventure across PlayStation®, PC, and mobile. The game is available for download on PS4 and PS5 from the PlayStation Store, on Android from Google Play, on iOS from the App Store, and on PC from Epic Games Store or the Genshin Impact official website (genshin.mihoyo.com). First released in September 2020, the game has been rated T for Teen by ESRBon PS5, PS4, PC, and Google Play, and 12+ on iOS. For more information and updates, please visit the official Genshin Impact website or follow @GenshinImpact on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.