Genshin Impact update 1.1 is out today, here are its biggest changes

Genshin Impact Childe
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Genshin Impact update 1.1 is going live today, bringing the biggest collection of new content and features to the game since its full release back in September.

The update adds in new story quests which finish out the Liyue story arc, while also adding in a set of four new story characters to the Wish pool for gacha-collecting. The two five-star standouts are Childe, a hydro archer who can break his bow into a pair of blades to instantly swap between ranged and melee, and Zhongli, a geo spear wielder who uses his earth powers to become an area-of-effect monster while keeping up a strong defense. They're rounded out by new four-stars Xinyan, a claymore wielding rocker girl, and the arrow-and-cocktail flinging Diona.

Genshin Impact update 1.1

(Image credit: MiHoYo)

The headlining feature in update 1.1 is the city reputation system which will unlock at Adventure Rank 25. By completing tasks and quests tied to Mondstadt and Liyue, players can "unlock bountiful rewards and brand-new, region-exclusive items." Rewards include city-exclusive quality of life bonuses, recipes, namecards, and wind gliders. These are joined by other items including a portable stove, a treasure compass that helps you locate chests, Oculus resonance stones that reveal Genshin Impact Anemoculus and Geoculus locations, as well as a custom teleport beacon that players can place anywhere on the map.

Genshin Impact's first two-week event is also part of update 1.1. The Unreconciled Stars event will challenge players to "accomplish a series of new quests, take part in a range of new co-op challenges, and earn rich rewards including the four-star character Fischl." Fischl has become one of the most popular four-star heroes in the game, and she's definitely on the stronger side, so she's a solid pick for a freebie. You can see even more of the new content miHoYo has planned for update 1.1 in its post to the PlayStation Blog.

The Genshin Impact PS5 version was also confirmed for update 1.1. If you're jumping into Teyvat for the first time, have a gander at our essential Genshin Impact tips

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