KEY POINTS

  • New samurai-type enemies might possibly replace Fatui agents and skirmishers in Inazuma
  • Some of Inazuma's islands are protected by static weapon emplacements
  • Many of Inazuma's environments have a strong sense of wonder and magic

Shortly after the official “Genshin Impact” Twitter account revealed the artworks for four upcoming Inazuma characters, the community’s leakers and data miners released a large amount of WIP content on social media, including upcoming new enemy designs, world obstacles and even a render of the Raiden Shogun herself.

As with all leaks, the content provided by community figures like Lumie, Dimbreath and Project Celestia should all be taken with a grain of salt. However, it’s likely that the content they post will make it to the main game one way or another.

Here are some of the new content coming to “Genshin Impact” in the Inazuma update:

Samurai Enemies

Project Celestia shared a short clip featuring three variants of samurai-type and militant-type enemies that players can encounter in Inazuma. It’s assumed that the enemies serve directly under the Shogun considering the country’s current state.

In the game’s lore, Raiden Shogun Baal cut Inazuma off from the rest of the world, effectively closing its borders and preventing anyone from entering. This means that the Fatui will most likely be absent or at least have a very small presence in Inazuma. The same may apply for the Treasure Hoarders organization as the strictness of the Inazuma Bakufu may drastically hinder their endeavors.

The samurai enemies may serve as replacements for the enemy types related to these factions. Judging by their designs, they may have their own element-based attacks.

Island Defenses And Fortifications

Dimbreath tweeted a number of images showing a type of on-shore fortification, simply called an “Electric Cannon,” on an island in Inazuma. They note that the cannon falls under a tutorial of sort along with other objects called “Active Ray Amp” and “Electric Emit Tree.”

It’s possible that these obstacles are meant to deter foreign vessels from entering Inazuma as part of Baal’s decree. The defenses may be scattered around the outer islands and serve as environmental hazards for players to avoid, similar to the traps found in certain Domains in story quests.

Locations

A number of images from unverified sources in the Wangsheng Funeral Parlor Discord server showed some interesting new locations found in Inazuma proper, including forests with bioluminescent plants, a quiet fishing village and shrines based on traditional Japanese architecture.

Most of the images featured fully-realized 3D models and environments from the concept art featured in the 1.5 devstream from last month.

Concept art for Inazuma's Watatsumi Island in Genshin Impact as shown in a previous devstream Concept art for Inazuma's Watatsumi Island in Genshin Impact as shown in a previous devstream Photo: MiHoYo