Genshin Impact 1.3 will be released in early February and the main raffle will be the Xiao banner.
Fans who offer players the option to add a new five-star character can quickly get back in after patching their game.
This will happen after the Genshin 1.3 update is released, and there will likely be additional downtime for maintenance.
Developer MiHoYo has not yet shared its official schedule, but you can expect to see more in the days ahead.
The Genshin Impact Xiao banner has a release date set for Wednesday, February 3rd for PS4 PCs and mobile platforms.
This coincides with the Lantern Rite event, where players can unlock a four-star character, with MiHoYo confirming the following:
Suffice it to say that the lantern rite is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the richness of life and culture in Liyue. Travelers who manage to hit all of the seasonal events mentioned can earn lots of resources and over 1,600 primogemes.
“We have prepared a few additional little surprises to thank everyone for your continued support and to help you prepare for a busy year of adventure: a daily login event where you can claim a total of 10 free Intertwined Fates and one Event Challenge offers the chance to win a four-star Liyue character of your choice.
“The grand finale of the festive season takes place on the last night, when countless lanterns are released into the sky and carry the wishes of the citizens of Liyue with them.
“With your help, it will surely be an even more spectacular sight this year – perhaps even one that the watchful Yaksha Xiao will pause for. If you are using an HDR screen with your PS4 or PS5, so are we I strongly recommend that you take this opportunity to test our HDR display feature. “
One thing that we know is not planned for Genshin Impact 1.3 is the release of Hu Tao.
Earlier rumors suggested that Hu Tao would be released after Xiao, but that doesn’t seem like the plan for February or March.
It has now been confirmed that Keqing will be seen after Xiao, which means we don’t know when Hu Tao will go live.
From what has been shared so far, Keqing’s “Dance of Lanterns” banner is expected to go live on February 17th.
Not only have developers MiHoYo confirmed that they want to release new characters, but they will also make the game better for mobile fans.
This will be done in advance of the introduction of Genshin Impact 1.3. The update itself adds new controller support for those who want to use it on iOS.
About the upcoming changes, MiHoYo told fans this week: “We will be releasing the pre-installation on mobile devices before the update to version 1.3. This will reduce the time it takes to update game resources.
“You can get the Resource Pack from the latest version of the game from the Sign In menu or Other> Resource Pack prior to installation.
“You still need to use the App Store or Google Play Store to download the latest game install package. The pre-installed resources take effect automatically as soon as the previous installation has been overwritten. We’ll be giving more detailed instructions on this feature shortly. “
As for the new controller support, the development team added: “The developers have heard your screams – from version 1.3, devices with an operating system updated to iOS 14 or higher now support the Xbox Wireless Controller (Bluetooth version). Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, PlayStation DualShock 4 Wireless Controller and iOS-specialized Bluetooth controllers (partially supported). “