Another wave of leaks that surfaced Wednesday night revealed information about the upcoming 3.0 update, which will bring the Dendro-inspired Sumeru region to the game. The patch is out of reach – there’s no release date yet, but the usual release schedule suggests it could be around August 24. However, fans are already responding to new content leaks with criticism that the developers have whitewashed new characters.
Jinshin-effect It has a strong leak community that shares details about the updates before they roll out. (for example, the last set of new characters, Yilan en Kookie Shinobu, was meticulously leaked by multiple accounts before it was officially released.) Several characters have been leaked from this upcoming 3.0 patch, with varying credibility. These include a copy of Dendro archon, Kusanali, who serves as the leader of the new area. Twitter user Sagiri who leaked the photo, He said it was “not the final version”.
Fans have already criticized the leaked images, with some saying the fair-skinned models suggest designers bleach characters from this region. Hoyoverse has not confirmed that Sumeru is based on any specific region in the real world. characters in Jinshin-effect They described it in-game as a land of scientists that encompasses deserts and rainforests together, so some fans assumed it could be based on Middle East and South Asia cultures.
As previously criticized by fans Jinshin-effect There are only two distinctly dark characters: Zinyan’s Rock† Wednesday’s leak raised similar concerns. In response to the leaked tweet, one user wrote: “Really… all my hopes of getting a tan milf went to a pale baby.” Other comments are just slapstick on the designs, or include funny images like a Screenshot of the Beatles White Album.
Polygon has contacted Hoyoverse to confirm the leaks and for comment. We will update the article when we receive feedback.
Some fans have also responded by sharing their own drawings of the characters darkening their skin tone.
This is not so Jinshin-effect The first brush with controversy in fandom. In 2021, fans started a hashtag titled “# Hahaha‘, leading to community members criticizing the company for allegedly using Aboriginal people as models for Herrichurl Grunts.
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