Genshin Impact costumes changed with enforcement only for China servers.
Developer Mihoyo has released Genshin Impact’shighly awaited 2.4 updates. This release included new characters, quests, and overall UI enhancements to each game’s open-world online. Moyo made a small announcement about some early-game characters receiving alternate costumes. These will cover up and change the appearance of some of the less-sexy-clad women. These costumes can be used worldwide as an alternative skin, except for Chinese servers.
Although the costumes can be modified in various ways, they tend to cover four female characters. Some costumes are quite absurd, such as the Mona water mage costume. However, there are some clever changes. They also covered their shoulders with bare skin, which is strange (pun intended).
The problem is even more serious. The Chinese version of the announcement stated that these were the only costumes for the server. They apologized profusely and offered a make-up amount of prime gems.
People concluded that the Chinese government might have been slowing down approvals of gaming content, which was an attempt to curb addiction to video games. The People’s Republic of China’s English website outlines an assembly with Chinese video games publishers like Tencent, Netease and other companies. It states that “Obscene, violent content and those breeding unhealthy tendency, such as money-worship, and effeminacy should be removed.”
A government auditor cited Genshin Impact’s character, Venti, as an example of infertility in the game industry. He was the principal male character of the prologue to the game and a five-star draw from the gacha system.
Although Mihoyo did not explicitly state that these costume changes responded to the government’s recent rhetoric, it is easy to see how. These new mandates are likely to influence how the developer designs future characters. This could lead to better designs for worse reasons.
Genshin Impact can be downloaded on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PC. An early 2020 announcement was made about a Switch version, but it has not yet materialized.
Disclaimer: Tencent is one of the companies in this article. It is also the parent company of Fanbyte.