Genshin Impact update 1.3 is out soon, with the huge new patch from miHoYo arriving on PS4, PCs, iOS and Android this week. Genshin Impact update 1.3 has a confirmed release date of Wednesday February 3, but for fans in Western regions prep work for this update will begin before then. And Genshin Impact fans in some areas will get to play update 1.3 before this date due to the patch launching simultaneously worldwide and time zone differences.
In the run-up to the Genshin Impact update 1.3 release miHoYo has confirmed server maintenance take place and is estimated to last five hours.
The Genshin Impact update 1.3 server maintenance is pencilled in to begin at 6am (UTC+8), and miHoyo said gamers may also experience disruption outside of this period.
If you’re in the UK or US you may be wondering what this translates into in your region?
Here’s the estimated start and end times for the Genshin Impact update 1.3 maintenance for different regions…
• Genshin Impact update 1.3 server maintenance schedule – UK start time: 10pm GMT on Tuesday February 2. UK end time: 3am GMT on Wednesday February 3.
• Genshin Impact update 1.3 server maintenance schedule – Eastern start time: 5pm eastern on Tuesday February 2. Eastern finish time: 10pm eastern on Tuesday February 2.
• Genshin Impact update 1.3 server maintenance schedule – Pacific start time: 2pm pacific on Tuesday February 2. Pacific finish time: 7pm eastern on Tuesday February 2.
To make up for this lengthy server downtime miHoYo is offering maintenance rewards. Genshin Impact players will be able to claim 300 Primogems as a thank you for staying patient while servers are offline. You can get this reward the next time you log in after the maintenance period and have 30 days to claim it.
Once this server downtime is over you should be able to download Genshin Impact update 1.3 and take advantage of all the great new things this patch has to offer.
The big headline addition of Genshin Impact update 1.3 will be the release of new character Xiao.
Xiao is a five star character that has a Polearm for a weapon and the hero’s element is Anemo.
The Xiao banner will be available as part of the ‘Invitation to Mundane Life’ event wish, which is available as soon as update 1.3 is released.
Elsewhere another big draw of the Genshin Impact update 1.3 is the Lantern Rite event, which has been described as Liyue’s biggest annual festival.
The dazzling looking Lantern Rite festival is dropping ahead of Chinese New Year, which this year takes place on Friday February 12.
In the run-up to the release of Genshin Impact update 1.3 ‘All That Glitters’ miHoYo also revealed some early patch notes.
Here’s what the Genshin Impact makers had to say about update 1.3 in a post online…
GENSHIN IMPACT UPDATE 1.3
Dear Travelers! Genshin Impact’s 1.3 version “All That Glitters” is right around the corner, are you ready to embark on a new adventure?
Why don’t we take a look at all the new events and amazing rewards coming your way?
“Lantern Rite” Event – Take Part to Obtain a 4-Star Liyue Character of Your Choice!
During the event, Travelers can exchange for a 4-star Liyue character of their choice in “Stand by Me.” Complete challenges in “Theater Mechanicus” to obtain Peace Talismans, which can be spent in the Xiao Market for rewards including Crown of Insight and the new namecard style “Celebration: Lantern-Light.”
Eligibility: Adventure Rank 23 or above
Prerequisite Story Quest: Complete Xiao’s story quest “Alatus Chapter” to unlock the “Lantern Rite” event.
“Night Sky’s Grace” – Lantern Rite Gifts
During the event, log in to the game to receive Fragile Resin, Intertwined Fate, and other rewards!
All mail can be received any time before the end of Version 1.3.
“May Fortune Find You” – Daily Login Event
Log in on seven days during the event to obtain Intertwined Fate ×10 and other rewards!
“Five Flushes of Fortune” Event – Exchange Photos for Fortune Troves!
During the event, Travelers can claim a Kurious Kamera from Ji Tong. Equip the Kamera and take pictures of specific targets to obtain different color photos. Collect photos of five different colors and exchange them for a Fortune Trove in order to obtain Primogems, Hero’s Wit, Mystic Enhancement Ore, and other rewards!
Event Wish “Invitation to Mundane Life” – Boosted Drop Rate for “Vigilant Yaksha” Xiao (Anemo)!
Travelers, stock up on weapons and characters in “Invitation to Mundane Life” to make your party stronger in combat!
In this event wish, the event-exclusive 5-star character “Vigilant Yaksha” Xiao (Anemo) will get a huge drop-rate boost!
Event Wish “Epitome Invocation” – Boosted Drop Rates for Primordial Jade Cutter (Sword) and Primordial Jade Winged-Spear (Polearm)!
Travelers, stock up on weapons and characters in “Epitome Invocation” to make your party stronger in combat!
“Ley Line Overflow” Event – Double Drops From Blossoms of Wealth and Blossoms of Revelation!
Successfully complete Blossom of Wealth or Blossom of Revelation challenges during this event to obtain double the rewards.
“Lantern-Lit Sky” – Event Details
During the event, Travelers can earn rich rewards in “Lantern-Lit Sky.” Unlock “Gnostic Hymn” or “Gnostic Chorus” to further earn Intertwined Fate and a designated 4-star weapon! Purchase Gnostic Chorus directly to get the exclusive BP namecard “Travel Notes: Mingxiao”.
Event Wish “Dance of Lanterns” – Boosted Drop Rate for “Driving Thunder” Keqing (Electro)!
Travelers, stock up on weapons and characters in “Dance of Lanterns” to make your party stronger in combat!