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Can you play Genshin Impact offline?

Can you play Genshin Impact offline? Developer miHoYo’s JRPG is proving immensely popular on PC, PS4, iOS, and Android. So popular, in fact, that many players are wondering: “Can you play Genshin Impact without an internet connection?” For anybody that just can’t put the game down and wants to keep playing under any conditions, keep reading to learn about the Genshin Impact online requirements.

Is Genshin Impact online only?

Genshin Impact isn’t an MMO, but rather a JRPG heavily inspired by Breath of the Wild. Most users would assume that means there’s no compulsory Genshin Impact internet connection, though, unlike Zelda, it does also feature online multiplayer. Naturally, that muddies the water somewhat, so let’s set things straight.

Genshin Impact can not be played offline. It is an online-only game that requires a constant internet connection on PC, PS4, iOS, and Android. Although users have to be online to play Genshin Impact, it is not an MMO and can be played solo.

It’s likely that Genshin Impact will require players to be online in the upcoming Nintendo Switch version as well. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like we’ll be getting an Xbox version of the popular JRPG anytime soon.

Most likely, the Genshin Impact always-online requirement is due to it being free to play and supported by microtransactions. Players need to be online in order to access the premium store, plus it allows the developers to ensure that nobody is cheating or hacking while hidden offline.

Interacting with the Genshin Impact gacha system is required to unlock one of the game’s most popular characters, Razor. Pulling him can take a while, though the anime title’s Pity System can help to speed up the process.

Some players are encountering Genshin Impact connectivity issues across all platforms; bookmarking how to fix the “Failed to check for update” error and “UID Does Not Exist” error comes recommended.