Honkai Star Rail 2.1: Everything You Need to Know

Honkai Star Rail is a space fantasy RPG by miHoYo with turn-based combat and a character collection system (yes a game that everybody loves).

Honkai Star Rail 2.1: Everything You Need to Know
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In this game, you can explore planets, build a team of four characters, and strategically fight with a lot of enemies. The game uses a gacha system for acquiring new characters and weapons that are already there and need you to complete different tasks and levels to unlock them. It was first released on April 26, 2023 for PC, PlayStation 5, Android, and iOS all together.

The most recent version 2.1 update titled "Into the Yawning Chasm" adds three new characters, new locations, a new world, events, and quality of life improvements in the game, and here's everything else you may need to know about Honkai Star Rail 2.1 updated:

Livestream Date and Time

You may have searched hundreds of times about "What is the release date of Honkai Star Rail 2.1 or what's the livestream time and date" and the wait for answers is almost over!

Honkai Star Rail's 2.1 Livestream, which is titled "Into the Yawning Chasm," was scheduled for March 16, 2024, at 7:30 PM (UTC+8) on the game's official YouTube and Twitch channels.

Here's a breakdown of the live stream time for various regions (exact time):

Region Livestream Start Time
New Delhi, India 5:00 PM IST
Tokyo, Japan 8:30 PM JST
California, USA 3:30 AM PDT
Beijing, China 7:30 PM CST
Toronto, Canada 6:30 AM EDT
Rome, Italy 12:30 PM CET
Melbourne, Australia 10:30 PM AEDT
Auckland, New Zealand 12:30 AM NZDT (March 17)

Giving more attention to the timeframe, all of the other countries got to see the livestream on the 16th of March while New Zealand will have it on March 17 (probably the same day but the calendar date is changed).

Expect Exciting Reveals

Honkai Star Rail livestream will showcase the upcoming content in the 2.1 update, including:

  • New Characters: Acheron, Aventurine, and Gallagher
  • Character and Weapon Banners: Details on the upcoming banners featuring the new characters
  • Redeem Codes: Codes for free in-game rewards like Stellar Jades

Meaning that it could be one of the biggest updates to the game.

Honkai Star Rail 2.1: Bigger and Better

The Honkai Star Rail 2.1 update promises to be a substantial one, coinciding with the game's first anniversary. Here's a glimpse of what awaits Honkai Star Rail players:

New Content

With a lot more, you will also see:

  • Three new playable characters: Acheron, Aventurine, and Gallagher
  • New locations to explore in Penacony
  • A New World in the Simulated Universe
  • Two new Planar Ornament sets
  • Anniversary events with special rewards

Other Improvements

  • Quality of life updates

Countdown to Launch

Game lovers, you should check your calendars right now as the Honkai Star Rail 2.1 "Into the Yawning Chasm" is already launched on March 26/27, 2024, depending on your region:

  • West Coast North America: March 26, 3:00 PM PDT
  • East Coast North America: March 26, 6:00 PM EDT
  • UK: March 26, 10:00 PM GMT
  • Japan: March 27, 7:00 AM JST
  • India: 5 PM IST

Same dates and same time for everyone, so every gamer can enjoy it to the fullest.

Honkai Star Rail 2.1 Pre-Installation

Get ready to jump in right away by pre-installing the update:

PC Users (Regular Version):

  1. Open the PC launcher.
  2. Click the "Game Pre-Installation" button next to "Start Game."
  3. The download begins after clicking "Get Now."

Mobile Users (Android & iOS):

  1. Launch the Honkai Star Rail app.
  2. Tap the "Resource Pre-Download" button in the bottom right corner of the login screen.
  3. Download starts upon tapping.

Who's Who in the Honkai Star Rail 2.1 Banners

The 2.1 update features two character banner phases:

Phase 1

  • Acheron (5-Star)
  • Luocha (5-Star)
  • Gallagher (4-Star)
  • Pela (4-Star)
  • Dan Heng (4-Star)

Phase 2

  • Aventurine (5-Star)
  • Jingliu (5-Star)
  • Lynx (4-Star)
  • Luka (4-Star)
  • Serval (4-Star)

Events Galore

Prepare for a variety of events throughout the update:

  1. Cosmodyssey (Board Game)
  2. Vignettes in a Cup (Bartending Game)
  3. Tides of War (Combat Challenge)

Watch the official Trailer here:

More to the game later, but this Honkai Star Rail 2.1 is already a beast in itself and a joy for its players.