Zenless Zone Zero Revealed by Genshin Impact Developer

Hoyoverse has shown their latest game off for the first time.

It’s fairly notable how ingrained miHoYo — now internationally Hoyoverse — has made Genshin Impact over the last few years. It is a cross-section of high production values combined with a surprising amount of content and characters that players largely jive with. It hasn’t upended the reputation of gacha games, but it has in some ways subverted some, putting Hoyoverse on an international map that several contemporaries could only dream about.

Striking while the iron is at least relatively hot, the developer has revealed a new IP to keep the momentum going, Zenless Zone Zero for PC and iOS. The post-apocalyptic action-RPG seems to focus primarily on shooting and melee mechanics for its combat system and features more of a modern style than Hoyoverse’s sci-fi or fantasy games.

I’m unsure about naming a game such that it abbreviates to “ZZZ,” but maybe it catches on.

The anime artstyle, at very least, is going to seem very similar to Genshin Impact fans even if the overall tone and world is way, way different.

“Players in the game take on the role of a ‘Proxy’ — a special professional who guides people in their exploration of Hollows,” Hoyoverse says in a press release. “A great many people want to enter the Hollows for their own various reasons, and the ‘Proxies’ are their indispensable partners. Players will help them explore the Hollows, battle their enemies, achieve their goals, and in the process learn more about their story.”

The game will also feature roguelike elements, so it is likely not just going to be Genshin Impact with a new skin. Presumably, this means that the Hollows will vary up each time you enter, but the developer hasn’t given up many details about that yet.

While Zenless Zone Zero does not yet have a release date, Hoyoverse is taking beta signups for a closed beta test at an unspecified date. Interested players can go to the game’s official website and take a fairly exhaustive survey to sign up. The game is currently only announced for PC and iOS, but considering how well Genshin does on consoles, I imagine they’ll be eyeing those platforms before too long.

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