Genshin Impact developers HoYoverse have officially announced their latest ARPG titled Zenless Zone Zero, a brand-new urban fantasy HoYoverse IP set in a world in which contemporary civilization has been destroyed by a supernatural disaster known as the Hollows.
Players in the game take on the role of a Proxy, a special professional who guides people in their exploration of Hollows. Players are tasked with helping them explore the Hollows, battle their enemies, and achieve their goals. In the process, they’ll come to learn more about their story and their place in it.
“We would like to invite players to discover [New Eridu], the last shelter for urban civilization due to the calamity [Hollows]. Together with a group of distinctive partners, they will fight alongside each other and unravel the mysteries in this post-apocalyptic world,” HoYoverse says in a press release.
Zenless Zone Zero – Official Screenshot Gallery
In New Eridu, a post-apocalyptic metropolitan city, players will embark on an adventure with diverse characters and experience action-oriented combat.
Alongside the title release, HoYoverse also released this trailer, which features a look into the game’s characters, “futuristic and 3D anime-style art,” and world. Featured in the trailer are the game’s protagonists, Unagi, Billy, Anbi, and NosTradamus, alongside a closer look into New Eridu and the monsters ravaging it.
It featured a mix of gameplay, cutscenes, and what seems to be an arena-based type of combat system, where players fight off the Ethereal in preset combat stages as opposed to in an open world.
Each character comes equipped with their own set of weapons and distinct abilities, like NosTradamus’ mobile railgun, Billy’s dual pistols, and Unagi’s sword, all which should provide players with unique gameplay opportunities tailored to your favorite combat preferences — be it blasting away from a safe distance or up close and personal.
“Besides the engaging story, this 3D anime style title features a fluid, cinematic action-oriented combat system. While fighting Ethereal, players can take control of different characters to unleash electrifying skills and unlimited QTE combos. The game has also developed a Roguelike gameplay mechanism that awaits exploration,” HoYoverse says.
Though a release date is yet to be announced, the game’s closed beta sign-up is available, and though the beta’s kick-off date and schedule will be revealed later, you can already sign up for it on the game’s official website.
HoYoverse were the developers behind games like the acclaimed Genshin Impact, Honkai: Star Rail, Impact 3rd, and Tears of Themis, as well as the virtual character Lumi, N0va Desktop App, anime, manga, light novels, and music.
The game will be released on both PC and iOS, and you can check out IGN’s review of Genshin Impact here.
Diego Ramos Bechara is a freelance writer at IGN.