Honkai: Star Rail developer HoYoverse is preparing for the launch of version 1.30, and the related gacha focusing on Dan Heng - Imbibitor Lunae.
To provide a better look into the backstory of the character and his powerful ancestral form, we get a new animated short.
Not only do we get to learn more about the reincarnation that binds Dan Heng to the past, but we also get to see a few nostalgic shots featuring Jing Yuan, Blade, Jingliu, and more.
You can watch the short below, alongside another trailer focusing on the same topic from a few days ago. If you prefer Japanese voice-overs, you can take a look at the Japanese version directly on the game's YouTube channel.
We also hear more about the story behind the character:
In the Year 4800 of the Star Calendar, the five lineages of the Vidyadhara made alliance on the Yuque, putting their sacred vow into writing. "This oath shall remain unbroken, standing stronger than even earth and steel."
— History of the Xianzhou: Exodus of the Five Dragons
In the Year 7379 of the Star Calendar, the Imbibitor Lunae Dan Feng caused turmoil that threatened the sacred wood. The Cloud Knights joined forces with the Vidyadhara Preceptors to assault him.
— History of the Xianzhou: Cloud Knights War Records
"Noble successor of the Azure Dragon, bearer of divine blessings from the heavens. Traversing clouds and bestowing rain, shaping forms as the world's essence beckons."
He dreamed of shouldering his responsibilities, performing the ritual dance gracefully, and sealing the Ambrosial Arbor.
He dreamed of stepping into a battlefield where sharp blades and arrows fell like rain, and meted out punishment from the sky.
He dreamed of being chained between jade pillars, pierced by long nails, sealed in darkness.
He dreamed of wandering aimlessly in the darkness, chased by lurking shadows.
In all the dreams, he was a dragon, a hero, a sinner, but never a person with love, hatred, sorrow, or joy like everyone else in this world.
Honkai: Star Rail is currently available for PC with a standalone client and on the Epic Games Store, as well as on iOS and Android devices. Version 1.30 "Celestial Eyes Above Mortal Ruins" will launch tomorrow, August 30.
The developers have announced that they are working on a PlayStation 5 port, but no specific release date has been shared besides "Q4 2023" for now.
If you'd like to see more about Honkai: Star Rail and its many characters, you can take a look at the trailers revealed over the past few months including Yanquing himself, Bailu, Himeko, Gepard, Jing Yuan, Silver Wolf, Luocha, Yukong, Kafka, and Luka. You can also enjoy the first look at the characters that will likely be added in version 1.4, Jingliu, Topaz, & Guinaifen.