The hashtags #boycottgenshinimpact and #dobettermihoyo and #boycottgenshin have become popular on Twitter . In total, there were more than 100 thousand tweets from different users. The main reason is simple – it turns out that MiHoYo studio uses dances and cultures of various indigenous peoples to create the main enemies of the game.
It all started with the video below, which shows the creation of one of the enemies, and one of the indigenous peoples of America is dancing in the background. Indeed, the Halichurls are very much like Aborigines and Indians.
All this moved on to discussing other “problems” of the game. For example, users noticed that Xin Yan’s heroine has very dark skin, and her quest line emphasizes that she scares other characters. Another black character Keia is described as exotic, which also offends some users.
Nevertheless, many players are already trying to explain that the term “exotic” was simply misinterpreted for Kei, but in fact he is an immigrant, and Xin Yan scares the characters, because she is a kind of punk with a guitar, not a dark-skinned girl.
Also, fans note that the history of the game continues and the Halichurly may become completely different. However, those who are poorly versed in the game have already joined the topic and simply accuse the developers of racial stereotypes. Perhaps the conflict will simply subside in the near future.
Genshin Impact is available for free on PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Android and iOS.