HoYoVerse released a short trailer for the upcoming Sumeru region and Dendro item in Genshin Impact. Sumeru will be part of version 3.0, which will go live after the next update, version 2.8. While Dendro is an existing item in the game, Sumeru will be the first time players can use it. Additionally, Dendro will react with elements other than Pyro.
The Sumeru trailer features the Genshin Impact the development team discussing how they implemented and chose to design Dendro in the game. According to the trailer, the concepts of “catalysis, wisdom, and life” were key in how the team designed the reactions elements, level designs and environmental puzzles. An example of a Sumeru environmental mechanic appears to be a mushroom that the Traveler can jump on like a trampoline.
Version 3.0 will introduce Bloom and Catalyze reactions. Bloom is Hydro and Dendro, while Catalyse is Electro and Dendro. The video does not explain what the reactions do. However, he mentions that you will be able to use items to change the states of Dendro items and monsters. Depending on the state, Dendro monsters will have different attacks, as well as different items.
Genshin Impact is readily available on PS4, PS5, Windows PC and mobile devices. A Nintendo Switch version is in the works. Version 2.8 will launch on July 13, 2022, with Sumeru appearing in Genshin Impact 3.0. There is no confirmed release date for version 3.0 yet.