Genshin Influence gamers have been inadvertently locking themselves out of the latest main story replace, they usually’re not pleased. “Getting quest blocked whereas doing an archon quest is the brand new cockblock,” tweeted one participant. One even stopped their gaming session after getting “c0ckblocked.” Frankly, they’re proper.
I’ve skilled this for myself, and it’s maddening. Right here’s what’s been occurring: Gamers are wanting to dive into the sport’s latest story quests, simply added this week, wherein they’re making an attempt to avoid wasting the nation of Sumeru from evil authorities officers who need to create a man-made god. The story is advised in a limited-omniscient manner that makes it really feel as if the plan has an opportunity of failing at each flip. The writers masterfully exploit the hole between the participant’s information versus what the characters know. It’s all very tense and excessive stakes. Till the sport tells you which you can’t preserve taking part in.
Right here’s the issue: Upon finishing a specific quest and hitting a narrative cliffhanger, some gamers are getting an information field that pops up and tells them that they’ll’t proceed till they full a sure aspect character quest (or a number of). Gamers who haven’t accepted these specific quests, or who’ve already accomplished them, can proceed simply tremendous, however a lot of individuals go away these quests, first added a number of months in the past, languishing of their quest logs for a while. In line with Reddit, it takes about an hour to finish these aspect questlines. So should you’ve been slacking on these character tales, then you definitely’ll have to finish them earlier than you’re even allowed to the touch the storyline that HoYoverse has been advertising to you aggressively for the previous a number of weeks. There are presently three characters whose quests battle with the primary story: Cyno, Tighnari, and Nilou.
Right here’s why: Plot-critical characters can’t be in two locations without delay. So for them to be standing within the spot the place you want them to be for the brand new quest, you must clear the outdated quest first. Like, I suppose it’s tremendous? Three hours is just not that a lot time within the grand scheme of Genshin Influence. However I do suppose it’s jarring that I’d be plotting to overthrow the federal government one second, after which I’ll must go assist Nilou transfer some containers of random junk the following. Or making an attempt to lure a robotic crab. Please, simply let me end the search that I’m really excited for. Or let me delist them till I’m prepared to assist these characters carry out random chores.
I want that the builders had merely allowed us to decide on which quest we’re presently endeavor, which is what number of open-world video games work. As issues presently stand, you’re screwed should you “accepted” a conflicting quest. And lots of gamers discover themselves locked out as a result of character quest “unlocks” are time gated.
Gamers aren’t simply given these character quests by default. With the intention to “unlock” them, gamers have to finish a sure variety of every day quests with a view to obtain story keys. And gamers can solely accumulate a most of eight keys. So most gamers are incentivized to unlock all the character tales as quickly as they develop into obtainable. Kotaku reached out to HoYoverse to ask if these quest conflicts shall be patched in a future replace, however didn’t obtain a response by the point of publication.
So should you haven’t accomplished the primary quest situation, then do not unlock the character quests.