Genshin Impact has just aired its livestream revealing its most significant addition to the game since launch, which will arrive close to a year after its release last fall. That would be the expansion into a new zone, Inazuma, home of the Electro Archon Baal, and we got our first official look at what that’s going to contain, outside of an endless stream of leaks and teases we’ve gotten so far.
Here are the highlights about what’s coming from today’s livestream, which will be uploaded to YouTube in full in a few hours.
Might as well start with the Gift Codes from the stream, right?:
GBNA9J5H9Y4H – Primo 100 + Hero’s Wit 5x
AS6BQKLY9GLD – Primo 100 + Mystic Ore 10x
LS6T4L9ZZ7TH – Primo 100 + Mora 50k
Now for the rest:
The release date for 2.0 and Inazuma is July 21, 2021
Inazuma is much larger and more dense than Dragonspine and the Golden Apple Archipelago, and required a lot more work. It contains many more types of world puzzles that we’ve seen previously, many of them electro-based, as electro has been integrated into the landscape.
The gameplay of electro will be expanded past the supercharge and overload aspects we’ve seen so far.
A brief example of a side story was given where the owner of a local Inazuma teahouse is a Shiba Inu named Tarouamru who forces people to work for him forever.
It’s the only one of the seven nations located entirely in the ocean as an archipelago, it has six main islands in total.
A driving force of the plot is why the electro archon is now pursuing the goal of “eternity” for the nation.
The island nation is split into multiple factions. Watatsumi Island is home to a resistance group pushing back against the stripping of visions by the archon.
Inazuma has three main “commissions” – military and security, finance and customs, and shrines, festivals and events.
Naku Weed and Sakura Bloom are two new electro-based plants to collect.
A sacred Sakura tree in the shape of a fox represents protection over the whole island. Technically it’s one tree that is the root of an entire forest in the nation.
The Raiden Shogun faced a huge serpent and killed it with a slash that cut an entire island in half, a gorge which is one of the major landmarks of the region. The serpent and its remaining influence on the island will be a plot point and source of some quests relating to mining and swordmaking.
Ayaka, the upcoming cryo sword-user is the daughter of the clan leaders and a beloved figure in Inazuma by the public. She’ll be the first character to appear in the main story quest.
Yoimiya (pyro bow-user) is not in any of the commissions, but owns a fireworks store. She explores “hopes and emotions” related to people when they shoot off fireworks and is a very emotional person. Even the Raiden Shogun likes her fireworks. She’s good with children, is very chatty and gets along with everyone. She is also a part of the main Archon Quest storyline. Ayaka and Yomiya also have their own individual story quests.
Sayu (anemo claymore-user) is a ninja who is kind of lazy and always tired. She’s small and wants to be taller like everyone she knows. She thinks sleeping will help you grow taller, which is why she’s always seeking out sleep.
They showed off a whole bunch of future heroes that will be coming to the game in future updates past 2.0. They previewed Raiden Shogun, Baal (electro).
Thoma, with a mystery identity (possibly pyro).
Kujou Sara, loyal to the Raiden Shogun and charistmatic general (electro).
Military advisor Sangonomiya Kokomi (hydro).
Gorou is the “brawn” and may be a resistance fighter (not clear on vision, geo or anemo?).
Yae Miko is intelligent and cunning and meets with the Traveler many times in the story (electro)
Inazuma is designed in “three levels” which contain higher up areas in the mountain, ground level for towns and the shore, and then there are vast underground areas full of secrets. They used Studio Ghibli as a big design inspiration for a lot of the areas and colors. One island is overgrown and covered in “Thunderbird feathers.” Another is constantly surrounded by a raging thunderstorm.
They gave an overview of all the events that are coming over the course of 2.0, most of them new, and one that gives you a free copy of Beidou.
Finally, in the wrap-up:
The Serentiea Pot is getting a gardening system where you can plant seeds and grow things.
There are new monsters including different variants of Ruin Guards called Ruin Sentinels, which come in many different forms. There are also new human enemies that seem to be replacing the Fatui and Treasure Hoarders. Some new Fatui members appears however, like a new hydro woman called a Mirror Maiden.
Ayaka is the first banner and Yoimiya and Sayu are in the second banner. There are five new Inazuma-based four star weapons to forge. And two new five star Inazuma electro-based weapons. There’s a new weapon wish system coming where you can work toward your “chosen weapon” and eventually buy it if you don’t get it through wishing.
There are two new artifact sets, one focused on energy recharge, one focused on attack and elemental skill. You can now sacrifice 3 5 star artifacts to a new system that lets you target other new artifacts.
Cross save is coming to PlayStation and mobile/PC in 2.0 with linking deatils to follow.
They are planning content for five years or “even longer.”
Whew, that’s a lot. I’ll add any more if I come across stuff I may have missed while writing this live.
Telegram Messenger has received a major update to its video capabilities, including support for video calls with up to 1,000 viewers.
Group video calls in Telegram allow up to 30 users to stream video from both their camera and their screen, and now a maximum of 1,000 people can tune into the broadcast. Telegram says it intends to continue increasing this limit “until all humans on Earth can join one group call.”
Meanwhile, video messages now have a higher resolution, and any audio playing on the user’s device will keep playing when a message is being captured so that it’s included in the recording.
In addition, users can now tap on a video message to expand it in the conversation thread. Tapping on an expanded video message initially pauses it, and it’s also possible to fast-forward and rewind the message.
Elsewhere in this update, the media player now supports multiple video playback speeds, screen sharing has been added to one-on-one calls, the in-app camera supports all zoom levels a device is capable of, and the media editor includes new tools to illustrate photos and videos with drawings, text, and stickers.
Retro appeal and memories of a youthful cross-Canada road trip fuel Calgarian’s love for car(s) of his dreams
Author of the article:
As a young man working a summer job digging up old cable, Ralph Hindle was introduced to the Ford Mustang. This was 1973 in the Ottawa area, and one of Hindle’s workmates was fanatical about Shelby Mustangs. The workmate owned a 1970 Boss Mustang, but would always point out a Shelby at any opportunity.
“I got to drive his Boss when he lost his driver’s licence for six months,” the Calgarian recalls. “And then, I bought a blue 1965 Mustang fastback. That car had lots of issues — the floors were rusted out, it would overheat, and it used oil.
“Every time I stopped for gas, I’d put in a quart of oil and fill the radiator. There were leaks all over the place.”
But that didn’t prevent Hindle and his high school friend Mike Grant — with whom he’s still friends — from driving the car across Canada, making it to British Columbia and back to Ontario.
Hindle, an analytical chemist, moved to Calgary in 2000 and was kept busy with motorcycles for several years. During that time, he didn’t have a hobby car. However, he’d long dreamed of owning a Porsche Carrera until his long time high school friend, Mike Grant, also now in Calgary, showed up in a brand new 2006 Mustang fastback.
“This fifth-generation Mustang (introduced in 2005) had a retro appeal and had the looks of the car we’d driven across Canada,” Hindle says.
After selling his share of a lab he’d helped open and operate, Hindle had a few extra dollars in his pocket.
“My wife said to me, ‘Buy the car of your dreams,’” he recalls.
Instead of the Porsche, Hindle was so enamoured by the fifth-generation Mustang that he began searching for a 2007 Mustang Shelby GT500. Wanting a road trip, he was looking to buy a car from a dealer far from Calgary. He found a black 2007 convertible in Hamilton, Ontario, worked out a deal and flew east to drive the car home.
Is one ever enough, though? Hindle didn’t think so, and he started looking for a ’07 Mustang Shelby GT500 coupe. “I found a blue coupe at a dealer in Las Vegas, and Mike and I flew down to pick that car up. We drove it home,” he says.
The 2007 Shelby GT500 was a product of Ford’s Special Vehicle Team and Shelby Motors. The recipe included a more powerful engine — a supercharged 5.4-litre DOHC V8 good for 500 horsepower paired with a six-speed manual transmission — in a Mustang imbued with better handling and braking capabilities.
But Hindle wanted more Shelby, and after purchasing both of his GT500s he booked his cars at Shelby Automobiles in Las Vegas for the addition of special packages – the blue coupe for the 40th Anniversary package, followed by the convertible and the Super Snake package.
He drove the coupe down first and flew home, leaving the GT500 in Las Vegas while Shelby Automobiles installed the 40th Anniversary package. Six weeks later, when it was ready, Hindle drove the convertible down for its Super Snake package and returned home with the coupe. Of course, he flew back down again to retrieve the convertible when Shelby Automobiles was finished.
“After the Shelby modifications, which included many changes such as upgraded brakes, suspension and on the coupe, a Kenne Bell supercharger that was good for 725 hp, the cars started and drove the same, but they weren’t the same anymore,” Hindle says. “You don’t really know what you have until you put your foot into it. The coupe, especially, is like it’s had too much coffee and always wants to go.”
Since buying the cars, Hindle has tried to do one summer road trip per year in each. He occasionally commuted in them, too, however there are only 45,000 kilometres on the convertible and 17,000 on the coupe.
“I don’t drive them as much as I used to, and I’ve listed the convertible for sale,” he says. “The blue coupe, because it reminds me of the 1965 Mustang that Mike and I drove across Canada, is the one that interests me the most.”
Greg Williams is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Have a column tip? Contact him at 403-287-1067 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new Telegram update allows up to 1,000 people to join a group video call at once, and the company doesn’t seem inclined to stop there.
“We will keep increasing this limit until all humans on Earth can join one group call and watch us yodel in celebration (coming soon),” the company says, though it seemed content to maintain the 30 broadcaster maximum it set when it added group video calls to the service in June.
Numerous video-related changes—such as the ability to control playback speed, share links to particular timestamps, and continue to play audio from the device being used to record a video—arrives with the update as well. It also increases the maximum resolution of video messages.
The update introduces screen-sharing in one-on-one calls, too, and the ability to capture device audio while sharing the screen. All told, these changes make video-related content a far more prominent aspect of the previously text-focused messaging platform.
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Telegram says the latest update also introduces the ability to have messages automatically delete themselves after one month, adds a password-recovery option that doesn’t rely on an email account, and makes numerous changes to its apps for Android and iOS devices.
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