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Prior to the announcement from Destiny 2's Twitter account, leaked screenshots of Destiny 2 support pages mentioning Battleye were circulating online. The Verge's Tom Warren also seemed to confirm the rumors, leading players to be even more certain that Destiny 2 devs are taking action to implement a more effective way to catch cheaters than the game's currently beleaguered in-game reporting.

Battleye is an anti-cheat service active in a lot of other popular games, like Fortnite and Rainbow Six Siege. When the soft launch occurs, players will likely need to download the Battleye software that will run alongside Destiny 2.

Destiny 2 has suffered from an increased amount of cheating, with Bungie reporting in 2020 a 50% rise in cheaters from the previous year. Most of the cheating comes from the PC side of things and is heavily prevalent in competitive endgame content like the Trials of Osiris.

In a statement to Polygon, Bungie emphasized the current actions it is taking towards reducing cheating. "We also filed three lawsuits against cheat makers [on Wednesday]--Lavicheats, Veterancheats, and Wallhax aka EliteBossTech, in addition to existing litigation against Ring-1 and Aimjunkies, so we’re taking steps internally and externally to try and level the playing field for our players," a Bungie spokesperson said.

To find out more about the Battleye integration, players can catch the Destiny showcase on August 24. While the next Destiny 2 expansion The Witch Queen won't be out until 2022, the showcase will likely tease new info like which locations are getting vaulted.

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Genshin Impact Version 2.1: Join the Hunt With Aloy in the World of Teyvat

PlayStation.Blog 20 August, 2021 - 04:40pm

Hello Travelers! This is Genshin Impact’s dev team, and we hope you’ve enjoyed exploring Inazuma in the past month. With Version 2.1 “Floating World Under the Moonlight” coming on September 1, you can expect even more islands and stories to explore in Inazuma, more playable characters to recruit, and more relaxing moments to embrace with our old friends back at Liyue Harbor.

Meanwhile, Aloy, the legendary Nora Huntress from Horizon Zero Dawn, answers the call of adventure in Teyvat and embarks on an all-new journey. If you reach Adventure Rank 20 or above during the Version 2.1 and Version 2.2 updates, you’ll receive the five-star crossover character “Savior From Another World” Aloy and her four-star bow Predator via in-game mail when you log into Genshin Impact on PS4 or PS5.

When Aloy traveled to Teyvat, she acquired a Cryo Vision, and became able to use her new powers to enhance her masterful bow and arrow attacks. Her Elemental Burst “Prophecies of Dawn” sees her throw a Power Cell filled with Cryo in the targeted direction, which she then detonates with an arrow, dealing AoE Cryo damage. Not only does her Elemental Skill “Frozen Wilds” and Talents buff herself and her teammates, they also debuff her opponents while dealing Cryo damage.

Aloy’s Frozen Wilds skill throws a Freeze Bomb in the targeted direction and triggers an explosion, dealing Cryo damage. After the explosion, the Freeze Bomb scatters into multiple Chillwater Bomblets that explode on contact with opponents immediately or after a short delay, dealing additional Cryo Damage. When a Freeze Bomb or Chillwater Bomblet hits an opponent, the opponent’s attack is decreased and Aloy receives 1 Coil stack. Each Coil stack increases Aloy’s normal attack damage. After unlocking the talent Combat Override, the whole party’s attack will increase for a certain duration after Aloy gains the Coil effect.

When she has 4 Coil stacks, Aloy will gain the Rushing Ice effect, which lasts for a certain duration, during which her Normal Attack Damage will be converted into Cryo damage. In addition, after unlocking the Passive Talent “Strong Strike,” Aloy’s Cryo damage bonus will constantly increase during Rushing Ice.

Meanwhile, Predator, the four-star bow, can further empower Aloy with its unique weapon effect. When Aloy equips Predator, which she brought from another world, her attack is increased by 66. Dealing Cryo damage to opponents increases its wielder’s normal and charged attack damage by 10% for 6s. This effect can have a maximum of 2 stacks. This unique bow can only be obtained from PS4 and PS5 and can be used on any platforms with the cross-save function. However, the weapon’s effect Strong Strike only applies when playing on PlayStation.

“We’ve been very excited to work with Genshin Impact, especially when we have fans of each other from both teams,” said Mathijs de Jonge, director of Horizon Zero Dawn. “Aloy is a proven agile hunter and warrior who never hesitates to fight for a cause. We can’t wait to see her teaming up with the Traveler who is also from another world to continue their adventure together in the Genshin Impact universe!”

With Version 2.1, the main storyline of the tumultuous nation of Inazuma will finally come to an end in the new chapter – Omnipresence Over Mortals. In the previous story, the Traveler was defeated in their first confrontation against the Raiden Shogun, and later joined the ranks of the resistance forces. Will the Traveler confront the Almighty Shogun again? Will the Traveler stand a chance to shake the Shogun’s imposing will to pursue eternity and turn the situation around in Inazuma? All will be revealed in the coming Archon quest.

As the story unfolds, two new major islands will be made available to players. The first one is Watatsumi Island, home to the resistance forces. At the center of the island stands the beautiful Sangonomiya Shrine surrounded by mountains and misty waterfalls. The island has a dreamy other-worldly scenery, and in terms of faith, its citizens worship the Great Serpent instead of the Electro Archon.

In contrast to Watatsumi Island, Seirai Island’s atmosphere is bleak, eerie, and gloomy. The island is shrouded in perpetual violent storms, leaving the ruins, abandoned shrines, and withering trees to tell a sad story of the past.

Your journey in Inazuma may be fraught with peril, with a new Trounce Domain boss, Signora, and new boss enemies, Hydro Hypostasis and Thunder Manifestation awaiting you. Signora is a formidable opponent with a noble aura and great power, and the dev team has devoted about eight months in designing this battle. We hope to give this character a very special aesthetic by designing her unique movements and effects in battle, as well as her versatile fighting style to transform between Cryo and Pyro and change the battle environment.

Meanwhile, we’d like to introduce three new playable characters who may become valuable assets in your daily battles and exploration. The Raiden Shogun herself will be joining as a five-star Electro polearm user. When we designed her stance and movements, we wanted to show the calmness, majesty and divine power of an Archon. We also took inspiration from Hassō-no-kamae, sword sheathing, and other actions of Kenjutsu to design her combat movements.

Sangonomiya Kokomi, the Divine Priestess and leader of Watatsumi Island and the resistance forces, will be joining as another five-star character. Wielding the power of Hydro and a catalyst, she can provide a great amount of healing to teammates. Last but not least is Kujou Sara, the bold and decisive general of the Tenryou Commission loyal to the Shogun. As a bow wielder with an Electro Vision, she can deal solid Electro ranged attacks and provide buffs to the team.

Story quests for the Raiden Shogun and Kokomi will also be available. Players can find out the stories behind these two of the most high-ranking, intelligent, and powerful women in Inazuma.

If you want a short break from the intense adventure in Inazuma, you may want to return to Liyue for the Moonchase Festival! In this upcoming seasonal event, you can cook and sample a variety of Liyue cuisine with old friends such as Xiangling and Keqing, and explore the origins of this ancient traditional festival that has been passed down in the bountiful Liyue Harbor for thousands of years.

Moonchase Festival is a time when friends and families in Liyue gather around, make a toast, and enjoy local delicacies every autumn. There are different stories about the origin of Moonchase Festival, but with later folklore, food has become one of the most important parts of this festive celebration. Merchants and vendors will also set up various stalls along the bazaar and streets, bringing a variety of delights to the city life during the festival.

Of course, no celebration is complete without generous rewards and fun games. This time, we’ve prepared a large-scale treasure hunt event — Moonlight Seeker! During the event, the Adventurers’ Guild will be scattering Moonchase Charms and Mystmoon Chests all around the areas of Liyue, Mondstadt, and Dragonspine. Travelers may find clues about their location by speaking with the event organizer, track down every Mystmoon Chest for rewards, and collect Moonchase Charms to exchange for various resources and items, as well as the new four-star claymore Luxurious Sea-Lord up to full refinement.

After the Serenitea Pot, we’re introducing another gameplay system, fishing! Fishes of assorted types vary widely across the continent of Teyvat, and they can be used to produce fish meat, be exchanged for rewards, or redeemed for new fishing rods from the Fishing Association. Special Ornamental Fish can also be caught and raised in the Pool of Sapphire Grace, a brand-new furnishing that can be crafted in your personal realm inside your Serenitea Pot. If you’re confident in your fishing skills, you can participate in the Lunar Realm event and join Kujirai Momiji, the fishing expert from Inazuma, to seek out the legendary fish Lunar Leviathan.

Finally, it’s been almost a year since Genshin Impact was first released last September, and we would like to say a heartfelt thank you to every Traveler who has supported us! To celebrate the upcoming anniversary of Genshin Impact, Travelers can claim up to 10 Intertwined Fate along with abundant resources by participating in the daily login event. Players across all servers will have their Double Crystal top-up bonus reset, which means everyone will be able to enjoy a double amount of Genesis Crystals for their first purchase again.

And that’s it for now, Travelers. We hope to spend another year full of exciting adventures with you.

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Adding aloy into genshin impact is like adding sly cooper into naruto ninja storm

This is wonderful news! I was expecting to get Aloy in October, so getting her in September is wholly unexpected and most welcome! I hope miHoYo doesn’t make it too hard to unlock all her talents, since she isn’t a gacha character… And on top of everything, more missions, domains, and two more islands?! This is the game that keeps on giving, and all for free!

I hope the collaboration between Sony and miHoYo continues and remains fruitful!

Aloy has literaly nothing to do in Genshin. Horizon is a western IP with far different character design. Next time please add Kat, it will feel a lot more natural.

You have all of these anime IPs and yet you choose Aloy of all people to put in Genshin? Literally ANY eastern anime style character would be better than Aloy, she simply doesn’t fit the style and aesthetic of Genshin whatsoever and sets a bad precedent for future collabs.

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Genshin Impact x Horizon Zero Dawn - Aloy Trailer

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How to redeem Genshin Impact codes today (August 20th, 2021) to get Free Primogems

Sportskeeda 20 August, 2021 - 09:35am

Genshin Impact's live showcase for 2.1 is here. This update will be a follow-up to the main archon quest in Inazuma alongside the addition of two new regions and the conclusion of the questline.

The update is scheduled to be online in exactly ten days with the end of the ongoing Yoimiya banner. This will also come alongside two new characters: The electro archon herself, Raiden Shogun, and leader of the Sangonomiya resistance, Sangonomiya Kokomi.

With 2.1 live showcases, players can also access Primogems via redeem codes, usually shown throughout every steam MiHoYo holds before an update.

A redeem code usually comes with a set of Primogems alongside some other rewards. These are made available during any livestreams miHoYo holds to showcase upcoming major updates.

The codes redeemable from the Genshin Impact 2.1 live stream are:

Everyone will have a maximum of 12 hours to redeem these codes before they all expire.

Players can redeem these codes to get Primogems in two ways. One way is via in-game settings and the other through the official Genshin Impact code redemption page.

The codes given above can be copied and redeemed by following these steps:

Another way to redeem these codes is to head towards the Genshin Impact official code redemption website through a browser. Players can follow these steps:

Everyone will get the Primogems in their respective in-game mail, irrespective of the procedure for the redemption followed.

How to redeem Genshin Impact codes today (August 20th, 2021) to get Free Primogems

GameSpot 20 August, 2021 - 09:35am

Genshin Impact's live showcase for 2.1 is here. This update will be a follow-up to the main archon quest in Inazuma alongside the addition of two new regions and the conclusion of the questline.

The update is scheduled to be online in exactly ten days with the end of the ongoing Yoimiya banner. This will also come alongside two new characters: The electro archon herself, Raiden Shogun, and leader of the Sangonomiya resistance, Sangonomiya Kokomi.

With 2.1 live showcases, players can also access Primogems via redeem codes, usually shown throughout every steam MiHoYo holds before an update.

A redeem code usually comes with a set of Primogems alongside some other rewards. These are made available during any livestreams miHoYo holds to showcase upcoming major updates.

The codes redeemable from the Genshin Impact 2.1 live stream are:

Everyone will have a maximum of 12 hours to redeem these codes before they all expire.

Players can redeem these codes to get Primogems in two ways. One way is via in-game settings and the other through the official Genshin Impact code redemption page.

The codes given above can be copied and redeemed by following these steps:

Another way to redeem these codes is to head towards the Genshin Impact official code redemption website through a browser. Players can follow these steps:

Everyone will get the Primogems in their respective in-game mail, irrespective of the procedure for the redemption followed.

Genshin Impact fans aren't happy with its 'broken' new character

PC Gamer 20 August, 2021 - 05:45am

miHoYo has yet to respond to the backlash.

Peppy pyro archer Yoimiya has been live on Genshin's limited character banner for just over a week now. Fans were excited about her arrival—her design is fantastic and the only other fire-based archer is firmly at the bottom of most Genshin tier lists. But now she's here, complaints of broken mechanics are rife, and players are worried about it setting a precedent for future character releases.

It's an issue for a game that players can easily dump hundreds of dollars into. Five-star characters are rare, and often only released for small windows at a time before being locked away for several months. Even if players aren't spending money, they are often spending weeks or months grinding and saving up for their favourites. 

Redditor PartyConfetti put together an extensive list of Yoimiya's issues, including the fact that the majority of her normal attacks straight-up miss the enemy. Players are also frustrated with her strongest attacks being locked behind the latter half of a combo, despite the frequent need to dodge and break that combo. Fellow redditor Ayatori called the situation "unacceptable," sharing concerns that developer miHoYo has yet responded to any complaints.

"Yoimiya's issue isn't that she's weak... it's that her kit is thoroughly underdesigned, uninteresting, disconnected and very evidently undertested," Ayatori wrote. "I'm not asking for Yoimiya to become one of the best DPS characters in the game. She can stay C-tier for all I care, she just needs to have her mechanics fixed."

Pop over to Chinese social media site Weibo and you'll find thousands of disappointed players. Many replies simply say "optimise Xiaogong," Yoimiya's Chinese name. Some lament the lack of communication from miHoYo, while others are encouraging players to flood this week's update livestream with complaints. 

Unfortunately, it's surprisingly rare for miHoYo to actually respond to any criticisms around Genshin Impact and its cast, though the studio did give fellow five-star character Zhongli a significant buff last year following droves of complaints from fans. With the Gensin Impact 2.1 livestream happening soon, it will be interesting to see if anything happens, or how far fans will go to fix their favourite characters.

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