The update 2.8 is a Next Genshin Impact Update which should follow the 2.7 update. Genshin Impact’s typical update schedule has been affected by delays and, exceptionally, the Genshin Impact 2.8 Beta was made available for testing prior to the release of the previous update, 2.7.
HoYoverse has already shared some hints about upcoming content, including a teaser for Genshin Impact’s newest character, Shikanoin Heizou. Additionally, there are rumors shared by fans based on reported access to the 2.8 beta.
Genshin 2.8 release date
The Genshin Impact 2.8 release date is July 13, 2022according to an official HoYovere blog post. However, depending on your time zone, the 2.8 release date may actually be earlier, the July 12, 2022.
Genshin Impact 2.8 Release Time
The exact time for version 2.8 depends on your time zone. Update maintenance is scheduled to start on July 13 at 06:00 (UTC+8) and last approximately 5 hours, after which version 2.8 will be available. Therefore, we anticipate regional specificities 2.8 release hours for Europe, USA and UK be as follows:
- CN Exit Time: Wednesday, July 13, 11:00 a.m. / 11:00 a.m. CST
- EU release time: Wednesday, July 13, 05:00 / 05:00 CEST
- UK release time: Wednesday July 13, 04:00/04:00 BST
- US West Release Time: Tue, July 12, 11:00 p.m. / 11:00 p.m. EDT
- US East Release Time: Tuesday, July 12, 8:00 p.m./8:00 p.m. PDT
Genshin Impact 2.8 Live Stream
The Genshin Impact 2.8 live stream aired on July 2 and showcased a series of special events coming to Genshin Impact in the coming weeks, including Kazuha’s story quest, character-specific areas, and the return of the Midsummer Archipelago, albeit in a different form than the 1.6 version.
Genshin Impact 2.8 Banners
There are three 2.8 banners, all reruns, with a new four-star character.
A new Genshin Impact character, Shikanoin Heizouwas announced on the official Genshin Impact Twitter page in a Publish describing him as a “young Tenryou Commission detective” who is “free-spirited and unruly, yet cheerful and lively”.
He debuted during the first half of Update 2.8 as a four-star character on replay banners for Kaedehara Kazuha and Klee. These banners uploaded July 12 and run for the usual three weeks.
The second half of the update will feature Yoimiya, from August 2.
Genshin Impact 2.8 Events
Summertime Odyssey returns players to a mysterious archipelago of islands where they challenge character-specific areas and complete other trials. Performing well earns you Iridescent Flotsam, which you can redeem in the event store for Primogems and more, as well as a chance to recruit Fischl.
Reminiscent Regimen Cooperative Event
Another event during the update is the Reminiscent Regiment co-op event. You and another player must defend a boat as it crosses the sea, overcoming barriers and defeating enemies before they destroy the raft. Along the way, you need to collect energy coins to keep the raft moving.
The co-op event will also have two other events called Raid and Descent.
Resonating Visions is similar to the Midsummer Island Activity event from 1.6. The goal is to find Echoing Conch shells that contain a piece of the island chain’s history. Finding resonant conches unlocks a new outfit for FIschlas well as Hero’s Wit, Primogems, and more.
This event kicks off at Dawn Winery and sees Diluc join the Traveler to deal with a series of threats that arise in the way. Hidden Strife is similar to Phantom Flow, with a range of combat objectives. Performing well unlocks new buffs for the next battle.
Completing this event gives you a chance to try on Diluc’s new five-star outfit, which includes some kind of special effect for Diluc, although the livestream didn’t show what the effect is. This skin is only available for purchase from the in-game store.
Evermotion Mechanical Paint
This event tasks you with placing the mechanical components in the correct places on a board so that the gears fit together and work properly. The puzzles increase in difficulty, with later puzzles featuring boards with multiple boards that you must connect. Completing this earns you new furnishings, as well as the usual Primogems, materials, and hero spirit.
Genshin Impact 2.8 New Content
Some of this information regarding upcoming content is unconfirmed and may change upon release.
The 2.8 livestream confirmed several rumors, including Kazuha’s story quest and more.
- Kazuha’s Story Quest: Acer Palmitum Chapter – Act 1
- Heizou Hangout Event
- A new 4-star sword, with the placeholder name “This is a sword” (via Celestia Project)
- New Fischl outfit, Ein Immernachstraum, and Diluc outfit, Red Dead of Night. Diluc’s outfit is only available for purchase from the in-game store.
A detailed list of changes can be found on the official website Summer Fantasia Version 2.8 Update Notice.