In a recent blog post, Genshin Impact's developer HoYoverse said they would be rolling back a recent update they implemented, involving an adjustment to Yae Miko's Elemental Skill, amid player complaints regarding issues about its targeting mechanisms.
Travelers reported that the targeting mechanisms unintentionally focused everything within its range; however, the hotfix will resolve this by honing in on the nearest enemy, with plans to remove the fix in a scheduled update next week.
The initial change triggered widespread backlash from the community after many Travelers reported that it made her second constellation ineffective, with others branding the targeting mechanics as broken.
Yae Miko's Elemental Skill "fix" to be rolled back
Subsequently, HoYoverse responded via a blog post on 2nd April 2022, noting that the update to Yae Miko's Elemental Skill, introduced in the Genshin Impact 2.6 patch, would be rolled back on 6th April 2022. "Other targeting-related changes will remain in effect," they added.
Rollback: Fix to Yae Miko's Targeting Mechanic— Genshin Impact (@GenshinImpact) April 2, 2022
Greetings, dear Travelers.
We will roll back the Yae Miko targeting fix in an update on 2022/04/06. Other targeting-related changes will remain in effect.
View details here:https://t.co/CQ1jR5ynfy
"In fact, this negative experience was caused by a combination of issues with both enemy and character targeting logic and affected other enemies and characters besides Yae Miko," the developer wrote in a previous blog post on 31st March.
"For this reason, after gathering and monitoring feedback over a period of time, we arrived at the current optimization plan — namely, adjusting the mechanisms by which enemies are targeted while also adjusting the targeting logic for multiple characters," the developer continued.
Yae Miko's Elemental Skill, Yakan Evocation: Sesshou Sakura, deals Electro DMG to enemies nearby through her lightning strikes; however, the Sakuras initially target random enemies. While the fix was intended to resolve that issue by having the Sakuras target enemies within the range, many have felt that it essentially nerfed the Skill, making her constellations useless.
Her second constellation, Fox's Mooncall, which uses the original targeting mechanisms, would increase the Sakuras' attack range by 60%. The fix targeting nearby enemies made her Elemental Skill ineffective as ranged and shielded enemies would not be affected.
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While Yae Miko's attacks weren't meant to be random, the update should've as such, "prioritize attacks on the nearest opponents within range", but this wasn't the case. As a result, based on player feedback, the developer has decided to scale back the update after citing that the fix "was not sufficiently thorough".
The developer revealed that the fix would be rolled back in a scheduled update on 6th April 2022 at 4 pm (UTC +8), and other targeting mechanisms will remain in place.
Travelers who hold an Adventure Rank of 5 and higher will receive compensation for the recent error with 100 Primogems sent to their in-game Mail within five hours once the rollback is completed.
Undoubtedly, Yae Miko's combat skills have frustrated many since her introduction to Genshin Impact, and the recent adjustments added to their grievances. But, surprisingly, the community had praised the developer's transparency despite their "good intentions", as they feel it's been a move in the right direction.
Featured image courtesy of HoYoVerse.