Fortnite just added its new Erisa skin, with one of the variants possibly looking like Venti from Genshin Impact, here’s what happened.
Who is Erisa in Fortnite or Genshin Impact?
Erisa is a brand new skin in Fortnite chapter 3 season 2. Erisa is not a Genshin Impact character. However, one of the sub-variants of the Erisa skin, the Silvan Style, has made fans wonder if it was inspired by Venti, an iconic character in Genshin Impact seeing he’s the Anemo Archon.
Is the Erisa Silvan Style skin in Fortnite inspired by Genshin Impact and Venti?
It’s highly unlikely Erisa was inspired directly by Genshin Impact, for several reasons. Thanks to its incredibly massive marketing campaign especially in North America, Genshin Impact is one of the most popular and played anime-stylized games since its release on September 28, 2020. Many members of the Genshin Impact English community discovered anime-stylized games and gacha games with Genshin Impact. As such they are unaware that Genshin Impact itself was inspired by many classics and stereotypes.
It’s important to know that Genshin Impact is a gacha game. Meaning every single character has a stereotyped character design and personality, and with a seiyuu (Japanese voice actresses and actors) who was typecasted for the character. Gacha games earn revenue through players trying to pull characters in a lottery, the so-called gacha banners. So the vast majority of gacha games base their characters on already popular characters and stereotypes.
Is Erisa a Venti ripoff?
In other words, Genshin Impact didn’t “invent” character types like Venti’s type nor any other, and just inspired itself from other anime and stereotypes. The Erisa Silva Style skin was simply inspired by the same stereotypes, most notably forest elves in pop-culture. That’s why they look slightly similar and share the same color scheme. The Erisa Silva Style skin is not plagiarizing Venti in Genshin Impact.
Be sure to check out our other Fortnite coverage, most notably all the skins coming with chapter 3 season 2. Meanwhile, Genshin Impact is available on PC, PS4, PS5, iOS, and Android, with a Nintendo Switch version still in development.