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Honkai: Star Rail 1.6 will add Pure Fiction game mode and Forgotten Hall improvements

A new permanent game mode and useful changes
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Version 1.6 of Honkai: Star Rail, which is set for a release shortly after Christmas 2023, will bring several important changes and improvements to the game. A new permanent game mode called Pure Fiction will be added, which seems to be loosely based on the Simulated Universe event from 1.4 that saw players battling waves of opponents inside a limited number of turns to chase their own highscores.

Enemies will continuously respawn in Pure Fiction, while players earn points through damaging and defeating them. The more of that the players can manage in a limited number of cycles, the higher their score will be. Just like the Forgotten Hall: Memory of Chaos mode, Pure Fiction will feature phases with different kinds of buffs to keep things mixed up as time goes by. Each phase of Pure Fiction will allow players to earn 720 Stellar Jade for additional pulls.

Honkai: Star Rail Forgotten Hall entrance on the Astral Express.

Update 1.6 has several Forgotten Hall improvements in store as well.

Speaking of Forgotten Hall: Update 1.6 will feature changes to this mode – it expands from ten to a dozen stages, offering two additional challenges in each phase. Obviously, these will be more difficult to beat than the previous levels. With 120 additional Stellar Jade on the line, players can earn a total of 720 Stellar Jade in Forgotten Hall during each phase in the future.

That’s not all, though. After update 1.6, any Memory of Chaos stage that players have cleared with a three-star rating will be auto-cleared in the future and they’ll be able to claim the rewards without the need to challenge those stages again. Basically, if you cleared Stage 1 to 7 with a three-star rating, you’ll get the rewards for Stage 1 to 6 automatically in future phases and can challenge Stage 7 immediately (Stage 7 being the highest available starting point for now). That means less grind overall as you can focus on more challenging content immediately without having to go back and clear the easy stuff in every new phase.

In terms of quality-of-life improvements, players will be able to restart any failed challenges from update 1.6 onwards without the need to set up their team again, if they so wish. They can also restart only the second half of a challenge if they already cleared the first one – again, less hassle, more focus on actually playing.

Forgotten Hall: Memory of Chaos and Pure Fiction phases will last six weeks each with new ones becoming available every two weeks – which means that there will be some overlap and players will have more time to complete each phase and get all of its rewards.

Honkai: Star Rail example schedule for challenges.

Here's an example schedule for how things will work in the future.

But wait, there’s even more! Forgotten Hall and Pure Fiction will feature Self-Modeling Resin and other item rewards in the future, plus a new in-game currency used for unlocking additional stuff.

The battle pass will get some updates as well, confirming something we’ve reported earlier: 20 additional levels will become obtainable, offering Credits and Relic Remains as rewards.

Finally, HoYoverse detailed a future quality-of-life improvement regarding Relics: Players will be able to directly upgrade Relics to a specific level as well as be able to discard Relics they don’t want after obtaining them, which is going to help everyone keep their inventories cleaner.

Before all of this comes to pass, though, the Honkai: Star Rail 1.5 events and banners are on the agenda.