Genshin Impact simply added a gorgeous new region inspired by traditional Japanese culture, and gamers need to attain it on their very own phrases—or get unceremoniously teleported again to land making an attempt.
In Genshin Impact, ice bridges are a time-honored custom, almost as outdated as the sport itself. It’s pretty easy: Some characters—for instance, cryo swordsman Kaeya—can use their skills to freeze patches of water. Rapidly chaining these patches collectively by switching characters repeatedly or enjoying with mates means you will get your self a pleasant, lengthy bridge going earlier than parts you’re standing on soften. Players have naturally taken to utilizing this technique to achieve far-away, generally off-limits areas. But developer Mihoyo has ensured that there are limits to how efficient this method may be. Case in level: the brand new land of Inazuma, added as a part of at this time’s enormous 2.zero replace, is popping away would-be ice bridgers by the boatload—or boatlessload, because it had been.
In the lead as much as the two.zero replace’s launch, gamers memed relentlessly about making an attempt to ice-bridge their methods to Inazuma. As a end result, regardless that the replace has solely been out for a half a day, countless players have made attempts. On websites like Reddit and YouTube, they’ve documented their efforts to cross all the dang ocean on quickly deteriorating floats of their very own making—a course of that may take round 30 minutes relying on which characters they use to do it. But they’ve all hit the identical wall: Once gamers get tantalizingly near the nation in query, the sport abruptly warps them again to the Guyun Stone Forest space, the place the ship to Inazuma awaits.
Players are bummed, however not totally stunned.
“Bummer to get teleported back after half an hour of pressing E, but it’s not like I expected we could get in just like that haha,” wrote one player on the Genshin Impact subreddit who made an try. “I went in knowing it’d all be for naught.”
Others not less than recognize the element Mihoyo put into an open ocean that almost all gamers won’t ever traverse.
“I was Kaeya bridge-ing my way over when I began to be pelted by an endless stream of lightning,” one player said of the now-notorious lightning that begins placing after you attain a sure level, which inserts Inazuma’s elemental theme. “It was actually somewhat terrifying for a chill, 28-minute stroll to turn into sudden anxiety over a thunderstorm.”
RIP ice bridges—for now, not less than. But the place there’s a will, there’s a approach, and Genshin Impact gamers won’t ever cease not less than making an attempt to unravel all their issues with ice bridges.