Hoyoverse The free-to-play action game after Genshin Impact, this game’s combat looks nearly identical, but is set in a very different structure and world. Zenless Zone Zero (opens in new tab) is an anime action game where you collect characters (probably using the gacha system to be announced later), but it’s not an open world game, it’s a room-based roguelike.
The first closed beta of Zenless Zone Zero kicked off today, and we’re already starting to see a lot of actual gameplay appear online from players Hoyoverse invites to participate.
The game is set in a modern city called New Eridu, and your three anime protagonists jump into the void or corruption hole in the world to defeat monsters. Setting up the game’s roguelike structure is a fairly simple premise, in which you can perform missions and explore a grid of TV screens. Each screen offers random buffs and decisions as you light up more and more and eventually dive into the arena to fight enemies. The difficulty increases as you progress, but if you fail, you can reserve some specific upgrades for your crew for the next run.
Combat in Zenless Zone Zero, like most Hoyoverse games, requires you to switch between three characters as you perform combo attacks and special abilities. Unlike Genshin, which can attack together as you move back and forth, Genshin only leaves this to passive skill interactions. Combat looks more flashy, with dynamic close-ups of the action and the ability to dodge attacks and trigger slow-motion modes.
Between battles, you’ll complete a story full of visual novel-style dialogue. It’s a bit of a shame there’s no actual cutscenes, at least we haven’t seen so far. You play as an agent who directs all characters, which could mean that its main character has more chances to actually speak than Lumine or Aether in Genshin.
A tweaked or closed beta version of the game is available now on PC and mobile. Hoyoverse didn’t give an end date, but it’s likely to get more people involved over time.