Could Microsoft Buy Genshin Impact, Release The Anime Game on Xbox?

What if Microsoft bought over miHoYo and Genshin Impact?

January 18, 2022

You heard the news, Microsoft bought over Activision Blizzard, so many fans are wondering what Microsoft could buy next, in particular, parts of the Genshin Impact fanbase wonder if this could be the key to a release on Xbox Series X/S.

Soon after the release of Genshin Impact on September 28, 2020, miHoYo confirmed that a PS5 version was in development, but stated there are no plans yet to release the anime game on Xbox Series X/S.

Genshin Impact also has a Nintendo Switch version in development. And while it’s still unreleased, miHoYo planned it from the start, unlike an Xbox version.

Taking these facts into account, Microsoft could buy Genshin Impact to bring it to Xbox and get a good share in the mobile market. As Genshin Impact is now one of the most popular mobile games together with PUBG Mobile, Call o Duty Mobile, Clash of Clans, Pokemon Go, FGO, or Uma Musume.

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Could Microsoft buy Genshin Impact and release it on Xbox?

Genshin Impact developer miHoYo is a Chinese company, and seeing the laws in China, it’s pretty much impossible Microsoft could buy miHoYo. Foreign ownership in nearly all Chinese industries including the gaming industry is forbidden, and the shareholders must be Chinese. Or else it’s illegal.

Even if it was legal, in the event that miHoYo ended up in a bad position financially after some blunders and would be on sale, it’s more likely another Chinese giant like Tencent would buy it instead. Tencent is right now one of the biggest gaming companies in the world. With Sony and Microsoft.

Having a game like Genshin Impact in its catalog would definitely help Microsoft and Xbox bring in anime fans. And fans of Japanese-stylized games in general. But an acquisition scenario is not realistic.

Iyane Agossah

Living near Paris, Iyane (He/Him) is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been loving anime and Japanese games for over 25 years and plays Genshin Impact for its story and exploration. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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