When the 1.5 patch dropped for Genshin Influence, it supplied a greater have a look at Zhongli through a brand new Historia Antiqua story quest. Whereas this can be a clear case of miHoYo catering to gamers by providing extra particulars about an in-demand character, it does greater than that. Whereas most of the different character-centric chapters deal with providing insights into the particular person, Zhongli’s as a substitute inform us extra about Liyue’s dragons, gods, and previous.
As with each Genshin Influence story quest, there are specific shared experiences. You’re nonetheless assured time with Zhongli. This implies you possibly can see how he interacts with others and what his every day life is like when he isn’t concerned within the Archon Quests or referred to as upon to work on behalf of the Wangsheng Funeral Parlor. You’ll additionally undergo a Area the place the featured character is in your occasion, even in the event you don’t truly personal them, and the realm may have challenges involving their particular talent. For instance, within the Sal Flore Area, you’ll want to make use of Zhongli’s Stone Stele to succeed in locations.
However issues get actually fascinating whenever you get to the precise investigative elements of Historia Antiqua. Sal Flore includes Zhongli and the Traveler becoming a member of archaeologists from Liyue and Snezhnaya as they analysis the God of Salt. Each has their very own motivations for his or her excursions. Every leg of the journey includes visiting notable areas related to the traditional god, trying to find relics, and visiting notable spots. As we attain every space, Zhongli lets slip extra that he is aware of about that exact particular person. I felt prefer it was just a little like an archaeological expedition.
Conversely, the No Mere Stone storyline exhibits how the occasions of the previous may not keep buried. As soon as once more, we’re studying extra a couple of main determine from Liyue’s previous. Besides on this occasion, some unlucky happenings are main as much as the brand new perception into Azhdaha, a brand new boss teased in 1.5 streams and teaser trailers. Whereas the earlier story includes a extra insightful and analytical tone, this one makes us marvel in regards to the energy of previous figures and their potential affect on the current.
However what I particularly appreciated is how this second Zhongli Historia Antiqua quest related to the higher Genshin Influence plot. Whereas we anticipate Chapter II, which presumably will take us to Liyue, various smaller threads concerned the Traveler studying about Teyvat’s historical past. “We Will Be Reunited” concerned hints that among the extra long-lived residents of the world maintain very important info. The tip of this newest tour references that, tying issues collectively but once more. And, because of Journey Rank necessities, it ideally does so in a approach that doesn’t spoil something for the participant.
The entire Genshin Influence story quests are there to supply insights into individuals who don’t at all times get to play large elements in different plotlines. They’re possibilities to check individuals you may not be fortunate sufficient to accumulate. However in terms of every Zhongli story quest, it’s a strategy to discover out extra in regards to the sport’s lore. He’s a focus, positive, however he’s not the one star.
Genshin Influence is accessible for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC, and cell units. It’s going to additionally head to the Nintendo Change. The Zhongli rerun banner is accessible till Might 18, 2021 and consists of Yanfei.