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‘Genshin Impact’ Fans Protest Over Sumeru’s New Character Skin Color

Genshin Impact has fallen into its latest controversy, the one that has consumed the most social media chatter about the game ahead of the upcoming release of the new Sumeru region.

Genshin Impact, created by Chinese developer Hoyoverse, bases many of its regions around certain real-life nations and cultures. Inazuma, more recently, has very clearly modeled itself on Japan. Sumeru, the next region, seems to be based on a mixture of Middle Eastern and South Asian culture.

And that’s where the disconnect happened, according to fans.

The current situation is that fans are upset that Hoyoverse’s upcoming roster of Sumeru-based characters doesn’t reflect this Middle Eastern/South Asian background, given their fair skin tone, which basically matches everyone else’s. Genshin Impact characters so far. Here is leaked art for some of the new Sumeru characters:

While many will use the new Dendro element, many fans resent that Hoyoverse didn’t take this opportunity to expand the game’s skin palate, which resulted in some fan edits showing what it could be. look like :

Others note how Genshin Impact’s overall white-focused skin tone selection compares to other similar games in the genre, even those outside of China:

The two somewhat darker skin tones in the Genshin half are Xinyan, a character from Liyue who has a southern US accent, and Kaeya, one of Mondstadt’s starting characters, but he may be from Khaenri. ‘ah, explaining his different appearance. All the others? Extremely white, and that includes new characters Sumeru Kusanali (The Dendro Archon), Tighnari, Dori, and Collei whose names seem to have at least some South Asian influence, like the region itself.

I asked Hoyoverse about the fan campaign to try and get more skin tones in Genshin Impact and the Sumeru region in particular, but haven’t heard back yet. While Inazuma’s roster of Japanese-influenced characters makes more sense to stay within the same palette, that just doesn’t seem true for Sumeru, and we’ll see if Hoyoverse has a specific answer to that.

If not, we have a new special v2.8 airing on Saturday, July 2 at 8:00 AM EST, and we may learn more about it, although it’s not the official Sumeru reveal. For now, it looks like Genshin Impact will stick with two of the 45+ darker-skinned characters, which doesn’t seem to satisfy many fans.

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