Following the recent big content update of version 2.0, Genshin Impact is adding a new (and free!) five-star archer character, and it’s none other than Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn (and upcoming sequel, Horizon Forbidden West). Aloy will arrive as a free character in version 2.1 on PlayStation 4 and 5, and in version 2.2 on PC and mobile platforms.

The powerful sci-fi heroine from the Horizon series is called the “Savior From Another World,” in Genshin Impact. She wields her renowned archery skills, along with Cryo Vision and unique elemental powers she can wield during combat and while exploring Teyvat.

Players can receive Aloy by logging into their game and receiving the in-game mail, though you need to be at least Adventure Rank 20. PlayStation players will get access first when version 2.1 hits, but other platforms will have to wait a bit longer with version 2.2 (dates have not yet been confirmed). Exclusively on PlayStation, Aloy will also come with a free four-star bow.

Genshin Impact is free-to-play on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC, and mobile devices (iOS, Android). It’s rated T for Teen.


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