17/05/2022

Genshin Impact dev announces new RPG game Zenless Zone Zero

            Hoyoverse, the developers behind <a href="https://www.pcgamesn.com/best-anime-games-pc" target="_blank" rel="noopener">anime game</a> juggernaut <a href="https://www.pcgamesn.com/genshin-impact" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Genshin Impact</a>, has announced a new <a href="https://www.pcgamesn.com/best-jrpgs-pc" target="_blank" rel="noopener">RPG game</a> <a href="https://www.pcgamesn.com/zenless-zone-zero" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zenless Zone Zero</a>. Described as an ‘urban fantasy action-RPG,’ the game is set in New Eridu, “the last shelter for urban civilisation.” Players take on the mantle of a character known as a ‘proxy’, investigating dangerous supernatural phenomenon called ‘hollows’. These are rifts that grow and create distorted dimensions filled with monsters referred to as ‘the ethereal.’

Zenless Zone Zero’s visual design will feel familiar to those who have played Genshin Impact, but the setting suggests a more futuristic, urban styling. The announcement trailer shows off fights across rain-swept streets and industrial structures in the sprawling metropolis of New Eridu. Characters are shown wielding all manner of ranged and melee weapons including swords, dual pistols, axes, and heavy machine guns, and combat looks fast and flashy.

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Hoyoverse promises “a fluid, cinematic, action-oriented combat system” with players taking control of multiple characters in similar fashion to that of Genshin Impact. In the press release, Hoyoverse also mentions the potential for what it describes as “unlimited QTE combos” and, rather teasingly, says that “the game has also developed a roguelike gameplay mechanism that awaits exploration.”