Friday, October 15, 2021

Genshin Impact sets bizarre Elon Musk challenge, then deletes it

Developer miHoYo regularly sets community challenges on social media for Genshin Impact fans. The drill is usually that the Genshin Impact Twitter account will set milestones, such as gaining a certain number of followers, the community obliges, and there’ll be some in-game unlocks or whatever as a prize. It’s a pretty standard format these days, but someone at miHoYo had clearly been smoking some fine stuff when they came up with the latest one.

Earlier today Genshin Impact posted a challenge to celebrate the main account reaching two million followers, and centred it around an in-game character called Ella Musk who has her ‘own’ Twitter account and is obviously named in tribute to Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The idea was clearly just to get a load of followers for this NPC’s account: so the first ‘challenge’, for example, was for it to reach 500,000 followers, after which the main Genshin Impact account would be renamed Paimon (Paimon is the player’s guide in Genshin, beloved by some while others think she’s an ‘ear-splitting toddler fairy‘).

Then things took a bizarre turn.

(Image credit: miHoYo)

The next milestones are one, three, and five million followers, and each has an Elon Musk ‘reward’ attached to it. That’s the actual person Elon Musk, not Ella Musk. At one million Genshin Impact would follow Elon Musk on Twitter; at three million miHoYo would invite him to stream the game; at five million miHoYo CEO Liu Wei would invite Elon Musk to the miHoYo offices.

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