After the release of the new banner character Klee, Genshin Impact experienced its best sales day ever since it was launched after being the highest-grossing iOS title across eight different countries.
It’s incredible how this free-to-play gacha RPG hasn’t stopped climbing the charts, especially since it was already pretty popular when it was initially launched. As a matter of fact, it was considered as a record-setter, as Genshin Impact had the biggest global launch of any Chinese title thus far.
Even though fans can download and play Genshin Impact for free, miHoYo still makes money off of it through what they call microtransactions. As you probably know by now, Genshin Impact makes use of a gacha system that players can engage in by making a “Wish.”
Through this system, players are given the option to spend real-world money just so they can keep pulling random characters and weapons until they get the one they want.
With that in mind, one of the biggest criticisms players have had against the title is how difficult it is to pull high-level characters and weapons, although this is exactly why miHoYo was able to make so much money in the first place.
There were rumors recently that claimed that the 1.1 update will have better drop rates, but sadly, this was proven to be untrue. In any case, so many fans are still willing to fork over money just to get the character they want the most, even though Genshin Impact’s monetization system has been receiving flak.
As a matter of fact, one streamer was heavily criticized for spending over $2000 on the game’s Wish system just to get a specific 5-star character.
Now according to Daniel Ahmad, an industry analyst for Chinese or Asian video games, October 21 was a really good day for Genshin Impact – perhaps even its best day so far since launch.
This is because the RPG took the top sales spot on iOS devices in multiple countries, including the US, China, Canada, and South Korea, while it’s on the top two in Japan. Ahmad goes on to say that Klee’s introduction to the game the day before played a huge part in this influx of sales.
Genshin Impact just had its best day. It was the #1 grossing game on iOS in 8 countries on October 21, including China, USA, Canada and South Korea. It also ranked #2 in Japan.
The rank increase was driven by the new character event wish banner for Klee which started on Oct 20. pic.twitter.com/p6JIfpBRYn
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) October 22, 2020
When Genshin Impact was still in the works and all fans had to go on were teasers, many compared the gacha title to the highly-acclaimed Nintendo game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Some individuals said that Genshin Impact was unoriginal and was too similar to the Zelda installment, while others were more understanding, saying that it doesn’t come as a surprise that miHoYo would take inspiration from a game as popular as Breath of the Wild.
Now that the game has been officially out for a couple of weeks now, players have begun to realize that Genshin Impact has a lot of original and unique ideas of its own, especially when it comes to its roster of playable characters.
Genshin Impact already had a pretty extensive cast of characters for players to include in their party even upon release, and the fact that more characters will be included in free updates simply means that players will remain mesmerized by this action RPG for many hours to come.