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The Genshin Impact Beta Proves Imitation is the Best Form of Flattery

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Before I joined its final closed beta, I knew very little about Genshin Impact, the new game from Honkai Impact 3rd developer miHoYo, other than that Chinese gamers were mad at it. At Chinajoy 2019, an angry fan of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild publicly destroyed a PS4 console, accusing miHoYo of copying mechanics and features from the landmark Nintendo release.

Now, after having experienced the game for myself and spent a few hours in Mondstadt and Liyue Harbor, I partially–just partially—-have to agree with the angry fan. It really feels like miHoYo did copy Breath of the Wild. Except, I’m not mad at all about that. I’m having a great time because, as it turns out, cribbing key features and structural elements from one of the the best open-world games released in years is sometimes a good move. And while miHoYo  itself has been quite public about its appreciation for Breath of the Wild, the level of inspiration in Genshin Impact borders on brazen.

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