Genshin Impact’s Lantern Rite Gameplay Looks Wildly Different From Its Trailer

Let’s be honest – it’s rare for any product to live up to its marketing hype. Whether you’re watching a trailer for an upcoming game or buying a cheeseburger from McDonald’s, reality is often much less impressive than advertised. Genshin Impact isn’t any different, a fact supported by a hilarious new comparison video for the Lantern Rite event.

The Lantern Rite event is offering up a bunch of fun shenanigans in Liyue Harbor, which has been decked out in Lunar New Year regalia. According to the trailer, townsfolk would be clogging up the streets, lanterns would be strewn about the rooftops, and festivities would be taking place around every corner.

Turns out, that’s not quite the case.

The stark contrast between the two is made all the more apparent by the lack of audio during the gameplay clips, but it’s clear Liyue Harbor isn’t quite as bustling as fans had expected. Minor complaints aside, the Lantern Rite event is a great way to pick up a few exclusive rewards and see the beautiful town in a new light.

Genshin Impact recently released its 1.3 Update, adding a new character – Xiao. Although he’s a powerful addition to your party, you’ll likely need to make dozens of pulls before he finally makes an appearance. The latest update also included various quality of life improvements and new items.

Genshin Impact’s Lantern Rite event will run until February 28, so go check out Liyue Harbor’s makeover for yourself before the decorations come down in March.

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Jon Bitner is an Associate Editor for TheGamer. His passion for gaming started with his first console (Sega Genesis) and he hasn’t stopped playing since. His favorite titles include The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Team Fortress 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Pokémon Sword & Shield, Old School Runescape, Skyrim, and Breath of the Wild. He can usually be found playing the latest RPG, FPS, or some obscure mobile game. Before working as Associate News Editor, Jon earned a Biology degree and worked in the Biotechnology sector — experiences that taught him how to put words together and make sentences. When not playing or writing about the gaming industry, he enjoys sleeping, eating, and staring at birds.

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