So far, the newly-released RPG Genshin Impact has been doing really well. Only six days have passed since the open-world title was released for the PC, PS4, and mobile devices, but based on what industry analysts have said, Genshin Impact has had the biggest global launch for any Chinese game ever so far.
The South China Morning Post released a news update indicating just how successful the game has been internationally. The title already had a pretty big following before it was even launched, garnering over 21 million pre-registrations across the different available platforms. Out of the 21 million, 16 million was made up of Chinese fans.
Following this, Genshin Impact then became the most-viewed game on Twitch during launch day, gaining over 110,000 simultaneous viewers. When it comes to money, the title has made quite a lot since its release, especially in China.
As a matter of fact, an app tracking firm called Qimai Data says that Genshin Impact is already one of the highest-grossing apps on the Chinese version of Apple’s App Store. In fact, the game is so popular that it even surpassed the ever-popular app TikTok.
As of this writing, Qimai Data says that the game has approximately made over $1.84 million USD on iOS devices alone. How incredible is that? To think that it’s only been a couple of days.
One thing’s for sure, though: miHoYo really went all out when it came to developing and marketing Genshin Impact. The South China Morning Post news article reveals that the action RPG had a pretty hefty budget of around $100 million, and a lot of this went into promoting the game across the globe.
Now, the studio can really see that everything is starting to pay off. The South China Morning Post interviewed a few analysts, who said that this is a great sign indicating that China is swiftly catching up to the Japanese, American, and European game companies that are usually the main players when it comes to developing video games.
With that in mind, Genshin Impact has had its fair share of skeptics as well, so much so that some didn’t really expect it to be a hit overseas. For starters, a lot of gamers didn’t like the fact that the title had similarities to Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Another thing that the West didn’t appreciate was the gacha mechanic in the game, such as the “wish” system which you can use to unlock more playable characters. As such, it was a surprise as well as a relief that the title has such a wide player base internationally.
In the opinion of Serkan Toto, who is the CEO of Kantan Games Inc., Genshin Impact has the chance to become one of the best games miHoYo has to offer in the long run. This might actually become a reality, too, given the fact that the title will be made available to more gaming platforms in the future.
As a matter of fact, there are already plans for Genshin Impact to be ported to the Nintendo Switch, and the studio even says that they plan to release the title for the next-gen consoles as well.