Genshin Impact Creator MiHoYo Announces Zenless Zone Zero

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Chinese video game developer MiHoYo announces a brand new game and it looks like a new banger. Titled Zenless Zone Zero, the upcoming PC and mobile title is styled as an “urban fantasy action RPG.”

Based on the description, it’s probably safe to compare it to Genshin Impact, at least in terms of gameplay. Players are called a proxy and build a team of characters to move through Hollows – weird pocket dimensions – to fight against monsters called Ethereals.

Where this really captures the imagination, for me at least, is the setting. Zenless Zone Zero is located in New Eridu, the last bastion of humanity. It’s a post-apocalyptic setting; weird portals in pocket dimensions (the Hollows) filled with monsters are popping up everywhere and basically ruining everyone’s day. Civilization is fighting back, developing technology to exploit the portals for resources and that seems to be the game.

It’s a premise I’ve seen in a lot of fiction, but it’s relatively new to the video game scene. It’s also right near the top of my favorite genres. The announcement excited me in a way that Genshin Impact couldn’t.

Look. I enjoyed a hot minute of Genshin Impact. Many people continue to like that particular game. The combination of cute anime characters, smooth gameplay and neat fantasy setting is actually a recipe for printing money.

But I can’t play a fantasy game that isn’t Final Fantasy XIV for so long before my attention wanders. But an urban fantasy game? I’m always up for one of those, and MiHoYo has built up enough credit with me to jump right in.

Zenless Zone Zero is currently accepting applications for a closed beta test. An official release date is still pending.

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