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Honkai Star Rail, APHO 2 Trailers, Beta Test Schedule, How to Register

Genshin Impact devs miHoYo just revealed trailers for a new JRPG, Honkai Star Rail, with a Closed Beta Test soon, and a new open-world, APHO 2.

By Iyane Agossah

October 8, 2021

miHoYo, at the Starfire Sonorant concert for the 5th anniversary of Honkai Impact 3rd, officially revealed a brand new JRPG, Honkai Star Rail, and an open beta test was even announced, alongside a new trailer for APHO 2.

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Honkai Star Rail officially revealed, Closed Beta Test registration date

The first key visual for Honkai Star Rail shows the JRPG is exactly what it says, and will feature a space train. This is a clear and direct inspiration from the works of Leiji Matsumoto and Galaxy Express 999 (or Night of the Galactic Railroad but I still haven’t read that.)

This makes perfect sense seeing miHoYo, just like the legendary sci-fi mangaka, is keen to re-using characters while slightly tweaking their backstories. Creating a multiverse with several versions of the same character.

Unlike Matsumoto Leiji though, where it’s useless thinking about a timeline and whatnot, it seems very likely everything is intricately linked together here. Seeing miHoYo’s past works, it’s all but confirmed Star Rail is a parallel universe to the one in Honkai Impact 3rd.

In any case, the Honkai Star Rail Beta Test registration will start on October 8. If miHoYo follows the same pattern as for the pre-release Beta Tests for Genshin Impact, players participating will not be under NDA and will be freely able to share content and impressions, so look forward to it.

A YouTube page was also opened but it has no videos yet. A new Twitter is also online, alongside pages on Facebook, Instagram, and a Discord. Update: It looks like the Discord server’s bot is congested and you won’t get a role or be able to post anytime soon.

Open World A Post-Honkai Odyssey Chapter 2 reveal trailer

A few weeks ago, during the Honkai 5th-anniversary Chinese stream. miHoYo announced A Post Honkai Odyssey chapter 2 will be released by the end of 2021. Now a new trailer for APHO 2 was published as well.

Note that Honkai Star Rail is a different game from Honkai Impact 4 Galaxy, as the games have different pages on Chinese social media. Both games were first trademarked several months ago in China.

On September 21, 2021, it was also made public that Honkai: Star Rail was registered in Japan on August 23, which greatly hinted an announcement was coming soon. We should hear more about APHO2 and Honkai Star Rail very soon, before the end of 2021.

Trailer, How to sign-up for the Honkai: Star Rail 1st Closed Beta Test (October 8, 2021 update)

The sign-up page for the first Honkai Star Rail closed CBT is now live. The official site was also updated with first character details. Be sure to read the CBT FAQ as well. The Beta’s start date will be announced at a later time. Winners will be contacted via email. The reveal trailer for Honkai: Star Rail was officially shared as well.

Moreover, you also get another chance at the Beta if you follow the Honkai Star Rail English Twitter account, and reply to this tweet with your miHoYo ID.

Follow the Japanese Twitter account for another chance to get into the Beta:

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Iyane Agossah
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Living near Paris, Iyane is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been watching anime for over 25 years, and plays Genshin Impact mainly for its story. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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