Star Rail by — Story, gameplay and plans for the future

Shortly before the start of the second phase of the Honkai: Star Rail closed beta, we contacted HoYoverse and requested an interview. The developers gladly agreed to answer our questions, and you will learn what came of it in this article. We mainly asked about future plans and various gameplay mechanics. Enjoy reading!

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Hello. First of all, I would like to thank you very much for agreeing to be interviewed. Genshin Impact at one time made a big splash all over the world and still continues to be popular. What do you think is the secret of success, and how did the experience of this game help you in the development of Honkai: Star Rail?

A big thank you to all of you for your love and support for Genshin Impact. During the development of Honkai: Star Rail, we gained valuable experience in technical processes, project development, content production, localization, and more through our work on Genshin Impact and its predecessors. For example, through Genshin Impact, we deepened our expertise in multi-platform development, including the production and resource management of different platforms and the rational use of each platform’s hardware characteristics for optimization. All this experience has helped us a lot in the production and optimization of Honkai: Star Rail.

But Honkai: Star Rail is also a new exploration for us. For the first time, we will be experimenting with turn-based strategy as a game genre. Our team continues to research and we hope to bring more joy and content to our players.

Will players new to Honkai Impact 3rd be able to enjoy the story of Honkai: Star Rail?

Although Honkai: Star Rail is the first new Honkai game in years since Honkai Impact 3rd, it stands apart from the rest of the Honkai games in terms of gameplay and story. We hope that Honkai: Star Rail is a new accessible spin-off to the series that makes it easy for new players to get started and understand what makes the Honkai universe so exciting.

Why did you choose to create a new game instead of adding story content to Honkai Impact 3rd?

Time flies and it’s been six years since we launched Honkai Impact 3rd. We are glad to see that players like this product even today. On the one hand, we hope to keep the core of the Honkai universe, which is “the struggle and coexistence of fate and humanity”, and this spirit will continue to be reflected in Honkai: Star Rail; on the other hand, we also hope that our players will have a fresh experience and that more players can access and enjoy the Honkai universe. So, Honkai: Star Rail will be different from previous HoYoverse games in terms of gameplay, story and script. Based on these prerequisites, we began to study and develop this product.

Will Honkai Impact 3rd continue to receive updates after the release of Honkai: Star Rail?

Honkai: Star Rail and Honkai Impact 3rd are two separate games. Each game has its own development team.

Genshin Impact and Honkai Impact 3rd stood out from many other mobile games in that they didn’t have auto-combat. But Honkai: Star Rail introduced auto-combat. Why did you decide to add it?

The gameplay of Honkai: Star Rail is significantly different from its predecessor. This time, we’ve left it up to the player to choose whether or not to enable auto-battle mode, depending on the progress of the game and needs.

Will Honkai: Star Rail have multiplayer or co-op activities?

One of the goals of this testing is to hone testing mechanics. We are still discussing the features of the PvP mode in the team.

Genshin Impact is out on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, but a console version of Honkai: Star Rail has yet to be announced. Is there any chance that the game will be released on consoles sometime in the future?

The Honkai: Star Rail closed beta is available on PC and mobile devices. Of course, we also understand the desire for Hoyoverse games to be available on more platforms. We will share with you news about the availability of the game on other platforms.

Updates for Genshin Impact are released every six weeks. How often will updates be released for Honkai: Star Rail?

Honkai: Star Rail is confirmed to be a long-term game. This means that more and more content and gameplay will be released after the official launch of the game. Since the game is in beta testing, we will keep you updated on the frequency of updates as progress is made.

Will Honkai: Star Rail have beautiful animations like Honkai Impact 3rd?

The development team at Honkai: Star Rail strives to combine the impressive presentational capabilities of 3D games with maze exploration and combat mechanics from ARPGs to enhance the immersive feeling of a turn-based strategy game.

In terms of storytelling, we will continue to create compelling stories with 3D graphics and animations, as well as a wide variety of scenes, character movements and emotions, and various artistic angles. As you can see in the Closed Beta, many of the game’s characters use melee attacks with dynamic moves, unique camera angles, special effects, hits, and amazing final hit animations.

Will Honkai: Star Rail overlap with Honkai Impact 3rd?

Honkai: Star Rail will continue to develop the ideas of the Honkai series, revealing the struggle and coexistence of humanity and destiny. Familiar characters will appear in Honkai: Star Rail and offer a few surprises for fans of the series, such as Himeko and Zele waiting to meet you in this beta.

However, as previously stated, Honkai: Star Rail’s story will be independent from the rest of the Honkai series. But let the players see for themselves how the story will unfold once they have the game in their hands.

Will Honkai: Star Rail feature any unusual events like “tower defense” or “hide and seek” from Genshin Impact?

Currently, Honkai: Star Rail is still in beta testing, and the main focus of this beta will be on polishing the core game mechanics: mazes exploration, puzzle solving, and combat, and later we may add roguelike gameplay. As for seasonal events after the launch, it’s too early to talk about them.

At the beginning of the game, we are asked to choose a male or female character. Which one is canon?

In Honkai: Star Rail, you can choose the gender of the main character; there is no set protagonist in the official setting, and players can decide according to their own preferences.

Without spoilers, what is the main plot of the plot, and what role in the story will the main character play?

Honkai: Star Rail is a sci-fi story about galactic adventure and travel. The protagonist, accidentally endowed with Stellaron, boards the Star Express and sets off towards other worlds with the most varied landscape. The passengers on board the train are a group of companions who claim to have inherited the will of the Pioneers and will become his best assistants and companions during the journey.

The mystery of the protagonist and Stellaron will be an important storyline throughout the story. At the same time, the protagonist’s companions also have different backstories, such as March 7, the mystery of which will be revealed as the story progresses. Each adventure is accompanied by an atmosphere of mystery, and we leave the story of the future to the discretion of the players!

Honkai Impact 3rd featured collaborations with Evangelion and Genshin Impact. Should we expect any crossovers in Honkai: Star Rail?

We are currently focusing on polishing core gameplay such as mazes exploration and combat mechanics, but connecting with other games and further story development will be left to the future.

Thanks for answers! Finally, please say a few words to the visitors of the portal.

Many thanks to the Russian-speaking community for supporting Honkai: Star Rail and HoYoverse. This beta version will support nine languages: Russian, Traditional Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Indonesian, Thai, and Vietnamese. We hope you will give us more valuable comments and feedback during this beta test to help us make the game better.

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