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Genshin Impact 4.4 livestream: start times and where to watch

Catch a sneak peak at what’s coming in Genshin Impact
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Update (January 19, 2024): You can find the freshly announced Genshin Impact 4.4 chararacter banners via the link. We've also embedded the YouTube stream below, which you can use as a VOD of the special program after it has finished.

Original (January 17, 2024): Version 4.4 for Genshin Impact is going to bring another massive update for the game and we’ll hear all the details about it during the newly announced special program this coming Friday. The new update will be called “Vibrant Harriers Aloft in Spring Breeze” and is going to provide players with the opportunity to head back to Liyue for the first time in a while after an amazing time in the region of Fontaine. Yes, it’s Lantern Rite time!

With fresh characters, features, and a whole new sub-region to explore, update 4.4 is sure to be another fantastic step on our journey through Teyvat. No VAs from the game are on the announcement poster for the livestream, which usually indicates that the developers themselves will lead us through the program to give us some insights on what’s to come.

Here’s where and when you can watch the Genshin Impact 4.4 livestream.

Genshin Impact 4.4 special program announcement poster showing a serene scene with a tree and waterfalls.

It's time for Lantern Rite, which means HoYoverse CEO Da Wei will probably host the stream.

Genshin Impact 4.4 livestream: start time

The Genshin Impact 4.4 livestream will take place on January 19, 2024, at 7am (UTC-5). Here is what that means for your timezone:

  • 4am PT
  • 6am CT
  • 7am ET
  • 12pm GMT
  • 1pm CET
  • 5:30pm IST
  • 8pm CST
  • 9pm KST/JST
  • 11pm AEDT

Genshin Impact 4.4 livestream: where to watch

You can watch the Genshin Impact 4.4 livestream on the official Genshin Impact Twitch channel at the times stated above.

Additionally, you can catch a rerun of the stream on YouTube exactly one hour later. It’ll also be available as a VOD on YouTube, so you can watch it there any time.

Genshin Impact 4.4 livestream: what to expect

Naturally, the special program will introduce us to the upcoming Genshin Impact characters Xianyun and Gaming – though the first needs little in terms of introduction, since she’s the human alter ego of the Adeptus Cloud Retainer, whom we’ve met several times before.

Several quality of life improvements have been revealed already as well, which we’ll probably see in more detail during the livestream. Among those are a fast-equip feature for artifacts and the ability to create custom artifact loadouts for characters – finally!

We can expect the flagship event of the coming version to be the annual Lantern Rite festival in Liyue, which coincides with the Lunar New Year and is a mainstay on the Genshin Impact event calendar. Of course, this year’s event will be accompanied by the release of Chengdu Valley, a new sub-region of Liyue that will connect it with the sea in the northwest and give the country a direct route to Fontaine.

Finally, the special program is guaranteed to drop some Genshin Impact promo codes for free Primogems and other useful resources.