Genshin Impact Switch Update - When Did Development Start for the Switch Version, What Does it Mean for Its Release?

In a new interview, miHoYo shared an interesting detail regarding the development of the Switch version of Genshin Impact.

July 16, 2021

The Switch version of Genshin Impact has been in development at miHoYo for a while now – in fact, it actually began simultaneously with the PlayStation, PC and mobile versions of the open-world JRPG.

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Genshin Impact Switch version update – New details from miHoYo

In a new interview with our peers at Gamesindustry, ahead of the launch of Genshin Impact 2.0, miHoYo revealed for the first time it has been working on the Switch version since the beginning. With Genshin Impact being planned as a cross platform and cross save game from the start.

Genshin Impact technical director Zhenzhong Yi told Gamesindustry that the open-world JRPG with online elements was planned on all platforms from the beginning:


Genshin Impact was envisioned as a cross-platform game from the get-go because we want to give players more freedom on how and where they want to continue their game. When we designed Genshin Impact, we ensured any gameplay added was not heavily hardware-dependent. So players can experience the complete and authentic Genshin Impact on any existing platforms.

Note that in this case, all platforms means PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, PC, iOS and Android, but not Xbox One or Xbox Series X. In another interview, miHoYo already explained it never had plans for Xbox.

How does this changes the history of Genshin Impact

This is very interesting to know when you’re aware of the history of Genshin Impact. When the game was first revealed on June 8, 2019, a few months after the launch of the manga, many likened it to a simple boring clone of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Myself included.

So when Genshin Impact was announced on PS4, and then on Nintendo Switch on January 14, 2020, we believed this was kind of a new deal, not something in the works since the very beginning.

Soon after the first pre releases betas of Genshin Impact in 2020, back when no one really cared about the game yet, it became clear to those who actually played the CBT that the game has in fact nothing to do with BOTW. So it makes sense to learn now that the game was also planned on Switch from the get-go.

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When is Genshin Impact coming to Switch? Predictions

It’s important to note miHoYo never officially announced a release estimate for the Switch version of Genshin Impact. Unlike the PC and mobile versions which were initially announced for Spring 2020. Personally speaking, I assume we won’t see it until mid-2022 at least. But it could come sooner rather than later and it’s reassuring to learn miHoYo has actually been working on it since the beginning.

miHoYo reportedly delayed the Switch version of Genshin Impact. However, we have yet to receive an official development report on the Switch version. Hopefully we’ll hear more about it soon.

Genshin Impact will launch Version 2.0, The Immovable God and the Eternal Euthymia, on July 21. It’ll add the Inazuma region to the game, bringing the number of in-game regions of Teyvat to three out of seven.

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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