A player sues miHoYo because Archon Electro's abilities are different from its beta version and lack of synergy with Beidou
Genshin Impact gained a strong new character in September, Raiden Shogun, the archon (equivalent to an in-game god) of the Electro element, and this is already causing a stir in the gaming community. While most of the reception for the new character has been positive, a vocal minority believe the developer, miHoYo, misled fans who expected Raiden to work well in tandem with another existing playable character, pirate Beidou.
This expectation was created during miHoYo's beta testing, where players can experience the content to come. While many of these beta-testers sign non-disclosure agreements that should prevent test content from reaching the public before its time, leaks are quite common. During the aforementioned beta, players could see that Raiden had electrical abilities (of course, she's an archon after all) and, in Genshin Impact, compatibility between different members of a group is an important part of combat. Combining elemental abilities can create powerful effects, while using two or more characters of the same element confers special bonuses.
Raiden initially seemed to fit in well with Beidou, another character from the same element that has been available in the game for quite some time. This apparent initial synergy that testers saw in the beta led some players to spend real money to gamble on getting the Raiden character, believing that eventually this would be an investment in a gacha worth having.
Upon release, the powers of the Raiden Shogun ended up having no effect on Beidou's abilities as seen in the beta.
Character skill changes like this are common, as the whole purpose of a beta is to test things out and tweak them as needed. Raiden is still a powerful character, but Chinese fans have been hurt and believe Raiden's abilities should be changed to what was available during the beta. In addition to feeling cheated, if things stay as they are, Chinese players also pointed out that Raiden is actually one of the few characters who can't quite fit in with Beidou's abilities.
Player Sues miHoYo in People's Court
Community anger rose when players discovered that the description of a Raiden ability was inaccurate about its effects. Several times after she was released to the public, her skill descriptions have changed. And so, several players on miHoYo's English and Chinese forums have expressed dissatisfaction with this turnaround, with some equating the changes to some sort of “corporate fraud” – or, at the very least, sloppiness.
A Chinese gamer apparently was outraged enough by the beta's changes to threaten to sue the company. On September 1st, this player posted a photo of a document on the official miHoYo forums while airing your complaints. Five days later, a potentially different user threatened to sue miHoYo for fraud in a different forum, editing the post to include a photo of a Chinese courthouse facade. All these posts mention Raiden Shogun and Beidou.
In the photo of the document circulating in the fandom, you can see a piece of paper with a name that corresponds to the author of the forum post. In the second post, the photo of the confirmation page with a case number and a telephone number of the “Case Filing Division of Xuhui District People's Court in Shanghai” and the “Prosecutor Center”. The confirmation page indicates that the court will respond to the case within seven days, at which time a judge will make a decision on what will happen next. The first lawsuit threat was also covered by Ginx TV, a sports news website.
Raiden's skill description was changed last week, so it seems unlikely at this point that his gameplay skills will be extensively revised. As dissatisfied as players may feel, miHoYo's actions suggest that Raiden's abilities are working as planned.
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Explaining the problem
User Samuel Henrique from the Genshin Impact Group on Facebook summed up the problem that is making the Chinese angry with the character:
According to Beidou's description of Elemental Blast (“ult” or “ultimate”), “when Normal Attack Damage occurs, the Shield's electrical discharge generated by the skill” hits enemies. But, the point is that Raiden Shogun's Elemental Blast doesn't count as Normal Attack Damage, but as Elemental Burst Damage, meaning Raiden's Elemental Blast does not activate Beidou's Elemental Blast ability. As in the beta they were still testing how Raiden's damage would be, her “Elemental Blast” worked together with Beidou's.
Confusing descriptions modified several times by miHoYo also caused problems, as only Beidou's Elemental Explosion has such a description. The Xingqiu Elemental Blast, for example, activates when there is a Normal Attack, not when there is a Normal Attack Damage;
There are also more details about the case in a post on reddit. Thanks for the information, Samuel.
The Adventures Don't Stop At Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact is a free open world gacha (similar to loot box) game, but with in-game microtransactions, published and distributed by miHoYo in its official website. In it you step into the shoes of the Traveler, an explorer able to travel across worlds, but who was trapped in Teyvat, a place ruled by the Archons and facing a war against unknown enemies, and must find a way to return to his home world and find his missing twin brother.
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