Genshin Impact players divided over calls for deeper and darker underwater maps

Genshin Impact Underwater Exploration

Genshin Impact players are split on whether the game’s underwater exploration should have a darker and deeper feeling — much like Subnautica.

Genshin Impact, developed by HoYoverse, is a free-to-play action RPG that has captivated millions with its vast open-world exploration, elemental combat system, and engaging storyline. Set in the magical world of Teyvat, players embark on a journey across various nations, each inspired by different cultures and mythologies.

The Genshin Impact 4.0 update introduced underwater exploration, allowing players to dive into Teyvat’s waters. This feature has been met with excitement as it adds another layer of discovery and adventure to the game. However, it has also sparked a debate among the community.

The underwater realms of Genshin Impact, particularly in the nation of Fontaine, offer a visually stunning experience filled with vibrant marine life and hidden treasures. Despite the beauty, a portion of the player base calls for these underwater maps to be deeper and darker, akin to the levels seen in games like Subnautica.

A player expressed their desire for more depth, stating that they love the underwater maps in Genshin Impact, but they request that the developers make it deeper like Subnautica. The deeper you dive into the water, the darker it gets. This sentiment reflects a craving for a more immersive and challenging underwater experience.

However, not all players share this enthusiasm for darker, deeper waters. Some appreciate the game’s approach to making underwater exploration accessible and enjoyable for everyone, including those with thalassophobia—a fear of the sea.

The developers designed these environments to be welcoming and bright, as confirmed during the Genshin Impact Livestream 4.0. They aimed to avoid creating spaces that felt oppressive or triggered discomfort, ensuring that underwater exploration remained a fun aspect of the game for a broad audience.

Genshin Impact’s underwater exploration (Video by Level Push)

“I have thalassophobia, and when Fontaine released the underwater feature, I was concerned… I dived and saw how much Genshin made their underwater gameplay full of light and life, it made me cry from relief,” shared one player, highlighting how the game’s design has positively impacted players with specific fears.

Despite understanding the developers’ intentions, some players believe that adding more “scary” and ominous areas, similar to the Chasm map, could enhance the game’s diversity.

Genshin Impact’s underwater exploration feature has opened up a new realm of possibilities and discussions within the community. While there’s a clear division in player preferences regarding the direction of underwater map development, it’s evident that HoYoverse’s dedication to creating an inclusive and enjoyable experience for all players remains a priority.

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