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Genshin Impact devs talk planet-hopping with a space train in new game Honkai: Star Rail

Ready for a galactic journey aboard the Astral Express, Trailblazer? HoYoverse, the studio behind Honkai Impact 3rd and Genshin Impact, is working on a new game called Honkai: Star Rail. This turn-based space adventure is currently in its second closed beta phase, and while staying true to the studio’s signature art style and four-character teams, Honkai: Star Rail features its own planet-filled universe, a new cast of colorful characters, and a massive space train.

As the developers describe, Honkai: Star Rail will “continue the consistent spiritual core of the Honkai series, showing the symbiosis and confrontation between human beings and destiny.” Do not mistake Honkai: Star Rail for a direct sequel to Honkai Impact 3rd, though. It has a standalone story with (mostly) new characters, new places, and new lore. Asked about their inspiration for the game, the developers explain that they followed the classic sci-fi theme of “venturing towards the stellaris”. Honkai: Star Rail tells the story of a hero implanted with a “seed of ruin”, a Stellaron, who travels the galaxy while resolving disputes, unearthing secrets, discovering what lies beyond the stars, and meeting new companions.

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Honkai: Star Rail

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Honkai: Star Rail

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