Honkai Star Rail

Honkai Star Rail reaches 10M pre-registrations ahead of its launch

A lot of players are ready to board

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HoYoverse’s upcoming game Honkai: Star Rail is picking up a lot of speed heading into launch. The studio recently confirmed that it’s garnered 10 million pre-registrations for Honkai: Star Rail ahead of release later this month.

This is the latest game from HoYoverse (also known as miHoYo), the makers of Genshin Impact and, before that, Honkai Impact 3rd. Considering the wild popularity of Genshin and the Honkai name attached, it’s not terribly surprising that Star Rail is garnering numbers. Still, 10 million is a lot of players.

Honkai: Star Rail is a free-to-play game, so pre-registering doesn’t cost anything. The goal, really, is to net some pre-release goodies. Pre-registering now will net you 20 Star Rail Passes, as well as a 4-Star character Serval. So if you want some extra fodder for launch day, pre-registering will net you that. You can find the site for it over here.

All aboard

Unlike Genshin Impact, an action RPG with Breath of the Wild vibes, Honkai: Star Rail looks towards older genre conventions. Namely, it’s a turn-based RPG. But it also has all the gorgeous graphics and super-stylish character designs you’d want from this studio.

Considering the stories I’ve heard about how good Genshin Impact‘s story got over the years, I’m tempted to dip my toe in the water with Honkai: Star Rail. This one’s a bit more sci-fi themed, which seems like a neat set-up, and a turn-based RPG might be a little easier for me to dip in and out of than a more action-driven game.

If neither one is your cup of tea, there’s still Zenless Zone Zero on the way, which is one I’ve also been keeping an eye on. We’ll see if it garners the same pre-release attention, but it certainly looks interesting too. Seems like HoYoverse is really using its Genshin momentum to expand outward into new ventures.

Honkai: Star Rail hits PC and mobile on April 26, with a PlayStation version also planned for a “coming soon” window.


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