At this point in time, fans of miHoyo’s free-to-play Genshin Impact are probably gearing up for the game’s upcoming update, with the developer recently dropping a brand-new trailer for Version 1.3 as a teaser of what’s to come once it launches on February 3, 2021.
For starters, a new character named Xiao will be joining the fray with his very own summoning banner. Aside from that, though, Chinese developer miHoYo also paid special attention to one other fan-favorite playable character from the game.
The adorable Barbara is a Hydro character with healing abilities. Not only is she the Deaconess of the Favonius Church, but as per the official Genshin Impact website, Barbara is also a “shining starlet adored by all.”
Although players have the option to obtain Barbara through the game’s gacha or Wish system, they can actually earn her for free through the “Baptism of Song” event that was made available to all players last November 9, 2020.
Given her adorable looks, it doesn’t come as a surprise that many fans have grown quite attached to the Hydro user. Now, it seems that miHoYo is really milking her popularity by releasing a Special Video.
The video, entitled “Barbara’s Special Video: An Idol’s Healing Magic,” was published on the game’s official YouTube account last week. It essentially transforms Barbara into a Virtual YouTube aka VTuber, who interacts with the audience (or the Traveler) in a more animated form. This interaction, albeit a one-sided one, suggests that the Traveler went to Barbara asking for advice on what to do because they were “feeling down.”
Barbara shows the Traveler her journal in exchange for 100 Spicy Dried Fish. The journal supposedly contains every piece of hope, criticism, and compliment that has been given to Barbara, which gives her a “reason to endure.”
The virtual interaction was cute and charming, and ends with Barbara seemingly getting teased by the Traveler about how they want to write something in her journal, too. In the end, the adorable character says that the Traveler can talk to her any time.
Laura Stahl, Barbara’s English VA, shared the video on her Twitter account and captioned it with “A little Barbara time to brighten your day.” The recent video was more of an experimental one by developer miHoYo, but it was unsurprisingly a massive hit.
VTubers have been incredibly popular since last year, so much so that countless VTubers on Twitch and YouTube have been earning a lot of money since then. In fact, even content creators like Pokimane joined the trend and made 3D anime-like avatars of their own. As such, it makes sense that miHoYo would want to join this trend as well as a form of connecting with the fans.
That being said, miHoYo isn’t the only developer that got in on the trend. In December of last year, developer Riot Games also made VTuber versions of the popular League of Legends’ virtual K-Pop group known as K/DA. Although, many fans criticized the company for its attempts at making its virtual characters seem more like human celebrities, especially with Seraphine having mental health struggles when she was initially launched back in November 2020.
In miHoYo’s case, the developer’s video was more on the cute side and didn’t cause any harm. With that in mind, we can’t wait to see if miHoYo decides to post more of these videos featuring other fan-favorite characters in the future.