If you own an Xbox and are a fan of open world anime experiences, you’ve probably felt the pain of being denied access to most great Asian-based RPGs. In 2020, Xbox One owners have already been shut out of Final Fantasy VII Remake, at least momentarily, but what about the game that is lately seen to be the most accessible high-quality RPG, Genshin Impact?
Chinese developer MiHoYo has finally spoken on the matter and delivered some crushing news for those who hoped the popular free-to-play title would come to the platform. In an interview with IGN Japan, a MiHoYo spokesman stated, “We currently don’t have any plans for an Xbox version of the game.” It wasn’t explained why the developer came to this conclusion, but it was revealed that a PS5 iteration is in the works.
The game is currently available on PC, PS4, and mobile, with a Switch version confirmed to drop in the near future – all of which being more popular than Xbox in eastern regions.
It’s worth noting that the Series S was given a price cut of 10,000 yen ($96/£75) in Japan, with the Series X selling out in less than 20 minutes on numerous Asian retailer sites when pre-orders went live. For now, though, it’s clear a majority of eastern developers don’t see supporting the platform being worth the investment.