Genshin Impact Version 2.8: Release date, Heizou banner, Diluc skin, Golden Apple Archipelago return

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Heizou in Genshin Impact

The Genshin Impact Version 2.8 update may be a while away, but a number of leaks have already revealed details on Heizou, new character skins, and the return of the Golden Apple Archipelago. 

While the Genshin Impact 2.7 update was recently released, a number of leakers have already uncovered details on Version 2.8. The main highlight of this upcoming patch is the release of Heizou – the upcoming 4-star Anemo Catalyst character. 

There’s also the “A Summer Sea Sojourn” event that will include a free Fischl skin for players to unlock, while Diluc is also rumored to receive his first alternate outfit. 

So, if you wish to know everything that’s coming to the game in Version 2.8, then we’ve compiled all the details in one place for you here. 


Genshin Impact 2.8 release date

Genshin Impact characters
The Genshin Impact 2.8 release date is on the horizon.

HoYoverse has officially revealed the Genshin Impact 2.8 release date, which will go live on July 13th, 2022.

This means Travelers have plenty of time to begin saving up their Primogems for Heizou and future 5-star characters.

Genshin Impact 2.8 trailer

On July 1, 2022, a section of the official trailer for Version 2.8 was leaked online via @genshinmains, a reliable community leaker. The footage featured a new look at the 4-star character, Heizou, as well as a quick glimpse of a Fischl-themed domain that will be available during the events of 2.8.

Genshin Impact 2.8 livestream

On June 30, 2022, HoYoVerse revealed the Version 2.8 Special Program Preview will premiere on July 2, 2022, in two parts. Both programs will detail new information ahead of the 2.8 release and feature redemption code drops for viewers.

The first part of the Special Program Preview will premiere on Twitch at 8am (UCT-4). The second part will follow on YouTube at 12pm (UCT-4).

Heizou banner

Heizou official reveal picture
Heizou’s abilities revolve around devastating Anemo kicks.

Heizou will likely be introduced to Genshin Impact in the 2.8 update. While details on the Detective of the Tenryou Commission have been scarce, the 2.8 beta has revealed information on his Elemental Skill and Burst. 

In fact, gameplay of the 4-star Anemo Catalyst character has already begun surfacing on various social media platforms. The 5-star that will be featured alongside Heizou is currently unknown, but with Kazuha receiving his own Story Chapter in 2.8, we could likely see another rerun.

Reliable Genshin Impact leaker, UBatcha, also noted that Kazuha could finally make his long-awaited return – further suggesting that Heizou would be joining him on his banner. 

A Summertime Odyssey

According to Genshin Intel, ”Summertime Odyssey” is the main event of Version 2.8, taking place in the returning Golden Apple Archipelago islands. The leaker revealed that Fischl, Kazuha, Xinyan, and Mona will be featured during the festivities. Themed domains featuring mechanics related to each character’s backstory will also be available to explore.

Additionally, the event will feature six-boat racing challenges — boats will be equipped with nitro boosts that can power through obstacles.

Travelers will be able to obtain a free Fischl by redeeming 2,400 event currency collected from clearing domains and boat-racing. This is obviously a bonus for any player who is looking to add the Prinzessin to their team. 

A free Fischl skin can also be obtained after collecting 16 Phantasmal Conches scattered around the Archipelago area.

New Co-op Event

Alongside the Golden Apple Archipelago islands returning in 2.8, a new co-op event will take place in the area. Reminiscent Regimen is a 3-theme co-op event that’s only available on the Archipelago map. The themes are:

  • Escort a floating platform
  • Boat-racing
  • Glide from the sky down to the sea

Travelers can earn better rewards by collecting coins, and quickly clearing mobs of enemies on the floating platforms.

Diluc skin

The next Genshin skins are also rumored to be released in the 2.8 update. Dataminers have recently uncovered files that point towards a Diluc skin, which has some kind of “special effects”. Like previous cosmetic releases, HoYoverse will also be releasing a free 4-star skin. 

It’s important to note that no official artwork for these cosmetics has been released. This means we’ll have to wait until further information is revealed. 

New 4-star sword

A new 4-star Sword has been discovered in the 2.8 beta files. While there is currently no name for this mysterious weapon, the official description from UBatcha states:

“When a Normal, Charged, or Plunging Attack hits an opponent, it will whip up a Hewing Gale, dealing AoE DMG equal to 180% of ATK and increasing ATK by 15% for 8s. This effect can be triggered once every 8s.” 

Kazuha banner rerun

Kazuha in the woods
The last Kazuha banner appeared in the 1.6 update.

A number of Genshin Impact leaks point towards a Kazuha banner rerun in 2.8. Not only does the Anemo 5-star make an appearance in the Summer Sea Sojourn event, but he also will be appearing in the “Acer Palmatum Chapter: Act I” story quest.

Genshin leaker Lumie has also reported that Klee will feature alongside Kazaha’s rerun banner.

Additionally, images from the Phantom Realm event have also appeared online, giving Travelers an early look into what appears to be the traveling swordsman’s old home.

If that wasn’t enough indication that Kazuha could be getting a banner rerun, it’s also important to note that he is one of the few 5-stars that has yet to get a rerelease.

For those hoping to get hold of one of the best characters in Genshin Impact, the 2.8 update could prove extremely exciting.

So, there you have it, everything we currently know about the Genshin Impact 2.8 update. Make sure you check out our Genshin Impact page and guides below: 

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