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Honkai: Star Rail: Release date, beta, gameplay, and more

HoYoverse could have a real winner on its hands with Honkai: Star Rail.
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Credit: HoYoverse

HoYoverse (previously MiHoYo) has been crushing it recently thanks to the success of Genshin Impact and Honkai Impact 3rd. Now, the company is looking to capitalize on that success with the release of Honkai: Star Rail.

Honkai: Star Rail was first announced in 2020 and will be a turn-based RPG based in the Honkai universe. The game looks stunning and is sure to rake in a bunch of money for the company.

There’s still a lot of confusion about the game, including when it will release, if there will be a beta, and how it is tied in with the Genshin Impact universe.

If you are interested in all things Honkai: Star Rail, follow along below as we tell you everything you need to know about the upcoming mobile game.

When does Honkai: Star Rail release?

Currently, it is unclear when Honkai: Star Rail will release. It’s possible the game will be released in 2022, but honestly, it’s not certain.

That said, HoYoverse has announced that a new closed beta will be taking place at the end of May. The first Honkai: Star Rail closed beta took place on October 27, 2021.

That is a good sign that game development is moving along smoothly. Since that initial beta, there have been two more closed beta tests, as well.

UPDATE: Thanks to Apple’s recent iPad event on 10/18/22, we’ve learned more about Honkai: Star Rail’s release date. During a YouTube video, the game is showcased. In fine print, it states the game will release in 2023.

Is Honkai: Star Rail free-to-play?

If you are excited about HoYoverse’s latest game, you probably are curious about costs.

Well, good news, Honkai: Star Rail is a free-to-play game. That means you don’t technically have to spend a penny on it.

Now, as many veterans of the space know, that doesn’t tell the whole story. If you are curious about the endgame, click here to learn about Honkai: Star Rail’s pay-to-win status.

What is the story about in the game?

large purple tree from honkai impact 3rd mobile game
Credit: HoYoverse

One of the main questions people have about the upcoming game is what the story is about.

While it might seem that Star Rail is a sequel to Honkai Impact 3rd, that actually isn’t the case.

In fact, expect Star Rail to have its own, unique story, but don’t be surprised if some familiar names (and faces) show up while playing.

How to sign up for the beta (outdated)

If you want to sign up for the game’s beta, we’ll walk you through the process below. Just know that you’ll need a HoYoverse account to request beta access.

  1. Head to the Honkai: Star Rail website
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  1. Click on Register Now and sign in to your HoYoverse account
  2. Fill out the survey
  3. Wait

Sadly, there is no open beta or indication when you sign up that you have been accepted for the Honkai: Star Rail beta. So, keep an eye on your email for more information regarding future beta invites.

Honkai: Star Rail gameplay

The new game from HoYoverse is highly anticipated. One reason for that is that the company is known for creating immersive, fun gameplay loops.

Unlike Genshin Impact, which is an action RPG, Honkai: Star Rail looks to provide gamers with a turn-based RPG experience.

This will be a breath of fresh air for some mobile gamers. While it is possible to play games like Genshin Impact with touch controls, it’s not ideal. Having a turn-based system will be extremely appealing for some mobile gamers.

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Credit: HoYoverse

As of May 2022, HoYoverse has also revealed new details about its upcoming turn-based RPG. The reveal included new information and a new gameplay trailer.

Will Honkai: Star Rail be mobile? What platforms?

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Credit: HoYoverse

If you are familiar with other HoYoverse games, then you know the company likes to make its games accessible to as many people as possible. The same holds true for Honkai: Star Rail.

Honkai: Star Rail will be available on iOS, Android, and PC. And we’re not talking about using an emulator. Honkai: Star Rail will have its own desktop client for people to download and play the game through.

At this time, there is no word on an Xbox, PlayStation, or Nintendo Switch release. But that could change in the future.

Will there be gacha elements?

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Honkai: Star Rail will contain gacha mechanics. Players will need to spend in-game currency (that can be purchased with real money) for the chance to obtain characters.

If it’s anything like Genshin Impact or Honkai Impact 3rd, there may be multiple gacha mechanics, including those for both characters and weapons.

Honkai: Star Rail looks to be a hit mobile game

We personally can’t wait for the release of this new mobile game. Genshin Impact is near and dear to our hearts, and Honkai Impact 3rd is extremely fun.

Combining some of the elements from these games in a polished turn-based title has us extremely excited.

Hopefully, we hear more about the game’s release date soon, as people everywhere are excited to try this one. Fingers crossed that it releases before 2023!


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