Genshin Impact Xiao release date and redeem codes were revealed during a special live stream held by miHoYo today. At 4pm UK time the Genshin Impact YouTube hosted a version 1.3 special programme that revealed a tonne of details about the game’s next big update. One of the biggest announcements was the release date for new character Xiao, who will be available via a character wish event.
Xiao will be arriving in Genshin Impact on Wednesday February 3, which is the same day that update 1.3 launches.
Update 1.3 will also see the Lantern Rite event kick off, which is taking place in the run-up to Chinese New Year.
During today’s Genshin Impact version 1.3 special programme new redeem codes were also revealed.
This three new redeem codes are only available until 8pm pacific time on Friday January 22 and redemptions are limited so don’t delay.
The redeem code are: jsSK8n23jzR, dU2mhjQL1ZT and nBEm3myAL2b.
The redeem codes can also only be used once per account.
Earlier today miHoYo’s Studio Technical Director Zhenzhong Yi revealed more information about Genshin Impact update 1.3 in a new blog post.
In it the miHoYo bigwig discussed the upcoming Lantern Rite event, which has been dubbed “Liyue’s biggest annual festival”.
The blog post said: “Greetings, Travelers! Genshin Impact’s developers here.
“As we march on into 2021, Teyvat will see its own new year arrive in an update to be released on February 3. We would like to invite all Travelers to celebrate Lantern Rite in Liyue Harbor and usher in a new year of adventure!”
Discussing the upcoming Lantern Rite festivities the blog post added: “As the biggest festival in Liyue’s calendar, the Lantern Rite is packed with festivities, culminating in a spectacular ceremony on the first full moon of the year that sees every household release specially made Xiao Lanterns into the night sky.
“Liyue locals believe that as well as lighting up the sky, these lanterns deliver their wishes to the heavens and guide the lost souls of fallen heroes back home.
“Xiao Lanterns are crafted according to a traditional technique and are able to float thanks to a unique kind of ore called Plaustrite — the same material that was widely used in the construction of the Jade Chamber.
“Each year, a giant Mingxiao Lantern built in the image of an adeptus is the first lantern to be sent into the sky at the ceremony, followed by thousands of smaller Xiao Lanterns and a beautiful firework display.
“Like any good festival, the Lantern Rite is also a time to relax and have some fun. The Lantern Rite gala lasts for several days and is packed with all kinds of exciting festive activities for Paimon and the Traveler to enjoy.”
It remains to be seen whether Genshin Impact update 1.3 will also bring with it the highly anticipated Nintendo Switch version of the game, or if fans will have to wait a bit longer for miHoYo’s hit RPG to arrive on the hybrid console.