What's Blue Protocol And is it a Better Online Anime JRPG Than Genshin Impact?
How does Blue Protocol compares to Genshin Impact as an online JRPG?
Many Genshin Impact players, but also Japanese games fans in general, have been wondering about Blue Protocol, another anime stylized JRPG coming soon, and what happened to it. We’ll be explaining what we know about Blue Protocol so far, its similarities, but most importantly its differences with Genshin Impact.
Blue Protocol was first announced by Bandai Namco in June 2019, and is developed by an internal studio, Bandai Namco Online. Blue Protocol was announced for PC in Japan, and already had multiple Alpha and Beta Tests. But has no release date yet.
Blue Protocol is also an online JRPG, with an action battle system. Moreover, Blue Protocol is also an open-world RPG, and clearly inspired from the works of Nintendo and Monolith Soft on Zelda Breath of the Wild and the Xenoblade series. Which might make it quite similar to Genshin Impact in theory. However, both games are also completely different.
Genshin Impact is mainly a single player experience, while Blue Protocol focuses on online co-op as an MMORPG
- BLUE PROTOCOL GAMEPLAY – Details on how the action battle system works
The first big difference between the two is how Genshin Impact mainly focuses on a single player experience. In Genshin Impact, players can join another player’s world, or invite players into their own world. Most notably to farm bosses or materials together. However, there’s no decisive merit to doing so. Besides making things easier and simply hanging out with your friends. You’ll be spending most of your time exploring Teyvat, the world of Genshin Impact, alone, like in a single player JRPG.
Meanwhile, Blue Protocol is an MMORPG, where all players are constantly evolving in same world. Though the game will be divided into servers. Blue Protocol is more akin to a classic online RPG, where running quests, dungeons, and raids with other players will constantly be more gratifying than playing solo.
— BLUE PROTOCOL (@BLUEPROTOCOL_JP) February 19, 2021
Protagonists and playable characters of Genshin Impact and Blue Protocol
The second big difference is how playable characters are handled. Again, Blue Protocol is a classic online RPG, and features a character creator. Blue Protocol lets you create and customize your own characters, and freely switch between different classes. Four different classes were revealed in the Alpha and Beta Tests in Japan so far.
- Aegis Striker, a tank who fights with a sword and shield
- Twin Striker, a DPS who dual wields axes
- Blast Archer, who is also the healer class
- Spell Caster, a long-ranged class with magic attacks
- BLUE PROTOCOL CLASSES – Additional fifth Class teased
Meanwhile, Genshin Impact is again more akin to a single player JRPG, where you play and follow the story of a single dedicated protagonist and main characters.
Moreover, the other big difference is how Genshin Impact uses a gacha system, where players spend Primogems, which is slowly earned in-game, or can be bought with real money, to randomly pull new characters.
Different release date and platforms
- MORE DETAILS – Additional information on Blue Protocol and its game design choices
Genshin Impact was released worldwide by miHoYo on September 28, 2020, on PC, but also PS4 and mobile, and was announced on Switch. Meanwhile Blue Protocol has yet to be released and was only announced for PC, only in Japan. However, it’s highly likely the game will be announced outside Japan, and on consoles, judging from the developers’ words and job listings. Lastly, the developers have stressed out they will take all the time they need to finish the game. Hence why there’s still no release date for Blue Protocol yet.
- MORE GAMEPLAY – Beta test gameplay and more details on Blue Protocol
Overall, those are the biggest differences between the two games and what you should keep in mind. We didn’t go into the finest details, like how different the equipment systems and action gameplay are in both games, but this gives you a broad idea.
At the end of the day, both games are shaping up to be quite different, and playing both Genshin Impact and Blue Protocol definitely seems like a viable solution. Personally speaking, this is what I’ll be doing if time permits. What do you think of Genshin Impact so far, and are you looking forward to Blue Protocol? Tell us in the comments, or reach out to me directly on Twitter @A_iyane07.