Genshin Impact 3.0 pulls us back with Sumeru’s tangled vines

Burnout and boredom are feelings many players eventually experience when they return to a live service game day after day, month after month. It’s been over a year since HoYoverse brought us to the Inazuma Coast to breathe new life into Genshin Impact, and now the jungles of Sumeru are calling in version 3.0. But is the change of scenery and new characters enough to draw even the most jaded fans back into the game? We got a chance to go hands-on with the Genshin Impact 3.0 update, and think newcomers and casual regulars alike will be more than happy with what Sumeru brings to the table. On the other hand, high-level players who have reached the end of the line, so to speak, may be left unsatisfied after the main quests are completed and exploration loses its charm.

Sumeru manages to evoke the same sense of excitement and curiosity that Inazuma did, and it starts off even better. Unlike Inazuma, you’ll be able to explore almost the entire map from the start without customs and paperwork holding you back. Those who want to soak up the story and get a proper introduction to the region will simply have to follow the main quest to meet important characters like Tighnari and Collei before reaching Sumeru City. The Archon quests deliver a lot of engaging lore, with the first objective here being to find Lesser Lord Kusanali, the current Dendro Archon. However, there are plenty of new game-related updates that will keep you coming back to Sumeru often.