Genshin Impact looks like a gorgeous and fun game in its own right, but ever since the game was revealed, people were quick to compare it to Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Some felt the game was leaning more towards rip-off than tribute or homage, and it's a sentiment that's stuck with the game ever since.
In an interview with FreeMMOStation, developer miHoYo addresses the comparisons between the two games, and feels those comments will fade away as people play Genshin Impact.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the most popular and respected titles in the industry, and one which our staff hold in high regard. In a post that our team circulated to players last year, we mentioned that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was one of our inspirations for creating Genshin Impact as an open-world action RPG. That said, it is important to note that once you actually pick up the game, you will find the experience of Genshin Impact to be very different from that of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Genshin Impact features a fully original story and characters, and the core gameplay revolves around assembling a party of multiple characters and engaging in a combat system based on interactions between different elements. As we go from closed beta to official release, players will soon be able to discover the unique features and joy that Genshin Impact delivers.