After the first livestream for its 1.0 launch, we now know what the Honkai: Star Rail release date and time will be, HoYoverse's newest live service offering.
While it is part of the Honkai franchise and brings back characters from previous games, Honkai: Star Rail is set in an alternate universe with different versions and backstories for some returning characters, so there's no need to have played any previous Honkai games to get started.
Whether you're playing as a Genshin Impact or Honkai fan, or are just curious about this new sci-fi gacha game, we've detailed the Honkai: Star Rail release date and time below, along with all of the pre-registration rewards you can get for signing up early.
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Honkai: Star Rail release date and time
Turns out the pre-registration page on iOS did leak the date early, as Honkai: Star Rail is now confirmed as releasing on Wednesday, 26th April at 3am UK (BST), with pre-installation happening on Sunday, 23rd April.
For other time zones, the Honkai: Star Rail release times are:
- UK: Wednesday, 26th April, 3am (BST)
- Europe: Wednesday, 26th April, 4am (CEST)
- East Coast US: Tuesday, 25th April, 10pm (EDT)
- Central US: Tuesday, 25th April, 9pm (CDT)
- West Coast US: Tuesday, 25th April, 7pm (PDT)
- Australia: Wednesday, 26th April, 2pm (AEST)
- Japan: Wednesday, 26th April, 11am (JST)
April 26th is actually March 7th on the Chinese calendar, the same name as one of the main characters in Star Rail, which is why the leaked date sounded credible before it was revealed in the livestream.
Honkai: Star Rail pre-registration rewards
While you wait for Honkai: Star Rail's release, it's a good idea to pre-register for it, as you'll receive some very useful in-game rewards for doing so.
More rewards are unlocked when pre-registrations reach certain milestones, so here's what Honkai: Star Rail pre-registration rewards you get for each sign-up milestone:
- 500,000 pre-registrations - 50,000 Credits.
- 1 million pre-registrations - x3 Star Rail Passes.
- 2 million pre-registrations - Avatar (Trailblazer Welcome).
- 3.5 million pre-registrations - Serval, a 4-Star Lighting character of The Erudition Path.
- 5 million pre-registrations - x15 Star Rail Passes.
50,000 Credits and two Star Rail Passes will also be rewarded if the game's official channels reach 2.5 million collective social media followers.
You can pre-register or Wishlist Honkai: Star Rail on the Epic Games Store, on the App Store for iOS, and on the Google Play Store for Android devices.
A free character and Star Rail Passes to use on pulling more characters right at the start of your Astral Express journey will be very useful. Just keep in mind these are the regular Star Passes, meaning they can only be used on the standard Banners, not the time-limited event Banners.
All pre-registration rewards will be sent to you via the in-game mail system when it becomes available to you.
Hope you enjoy Honkai: Star Rail when it releases!