Release Date, Downtime, Epic Games Store, New Characters, Events, Items, Weapons and more

Genshin Impact has become one of the largest games in the world since it came out of beta in September 2020.

The next update, the 1.6 update is right around the corner and is set to bring even more additions and changes to the game.

Here is what we know.

Release Date

The Genshin Impact 1.6 update will go live on Wednesday, June 9th across all platforms, PC, mobile, and PS4/PS5.


Based on previous updates, downtime should begin at 6 am UTC+8, which will be 6 pm EST/11 pm BST on Tuesday, June 8th.

Epic Games Store

Alongside the 1.6 update, Genshin Impact will be released on Epic Games Store in addition to the regular Genshin Impact launcher.

This won’t have any impact on the game, but will definitely increase the visibility of the game.

Patch Notes

MiHoYo are expected to release the patch notes for the 1.6 update ahead of the launch.

As soon as they are posted we will update this with everything you need to know.

But for now, here is what we do know so far.

What We Know

New Characters

Genshin Impact Kazuha

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Kazuha: Rumored to be included in Genshin Impact 1.6

With several rumored characters on their way to Genshin Impact, the most likely that players will see seems to be Kazuha, a 5-Star Anemo Sword wielder.

Kazuha is a ronin from Inazuma who currently works aboard the Crux fleet under the command of Beidou.

Klee is also returning as the first Event Banner of 1.6.

New Items

A new 5-Star Sword and 5-Star Catalyst are coming with 1.6, as well a new 4-Star Bow.

Read about the new items here.

New Events and Challenges

As players explore the new archipelago released in Genshin 1.6, there will be new events and challenges to keep them busy.

These include:

  • Main Cannon, Make Ready…Fire!
  • Echoing Tales
  • Never-Ending Battle
  • Kaboomball Kombat
  • Legend of the Vagabond Sword

Read all about the new events and challenges here.

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