Black Myth: Wukong is on its way to being the first AAA game developed by a Chinese studio. It is a Souls-like action-adventure RPG. After waiting a long time, fans finally have their hands (or, in this case, their eyes) on gameplay footage of Black Myth: Wukong.
Developer Game Science recently released the footage, and despite the pre-alpha status, the game looks remarkable with stunning graphics, solid combat, and a compelling story.
What Is Black Myth Wukong About?
The game is set in a mythical version of medieval China, based on a novel called Journey to the East. The novel is arguably one of the finest pieces of classical Chinese literature. The player controls a human-monkey hybrid character, much like the Soulsborne games. You fight your way through various levels while collecting items, upgrading equipment, and uncovering the rich lore of the world.
It is not yet clear if the game will be as difficult as the Soulsborne games, notorious for their challenging difficulty. Judging from the footage, Black Myth: Wukong has the same hit-and-dodge combat style as many other games in the genre. We can only hope that the developers modify it sufficiently to set it apart from its competition. This is because an excessively basic combat system can make even great games a bit monotonous (looking at you, Witcher 3).
The 8-minutes long clip released by the studio shows the player fighting a wide variety of enemies. The bosses look especially interesting, having unique designs that set the game apart from its competition despite the similarities in gameplay.
The graphics also leave nothing to be desired. It is evident that the studio has opted for a realistic art style that can take advantage of next-gen hardware. The game is also running on the powerful Unreal Engine 5. This has the potential to make the game look truly spectacular.
Expected Release Date For Black Myth Wukong
In 2020, the developers stated to release Black Myth: Wukong in 2023. However, the exact date awaits confirmation from the studio. The game will be released on the PS4, PS5, XBOX ONE, XBOX Series X, and PC.
No official system requirements have been revealed as of yet for the PC. In any case, it is safe to assume that a game of such scale would be fairly demanding. In another 6-minute clip, a cutscene from the game has been depicted, showing its more story-oriented aspects. The game caters to fans of mythology and action alike and will be a must-play for fans of the respective genres.
Despite the game’s expected release next year, some fans are worried that Black Myth: Wukong might be delayed. The game has been in development for over three years now and is still in the pre-alpha stage.
Keeping this in mind, fans’ concerns are justified as they have seen the whole Cyberpunk debacle unfold right in front of their eyes. Hopefully, the studio will soon announce the official release date and restate these rumours.
About The Studio
Game Science is the Chinese studio behind Black Myth: Wukong. Even though they are not very well-known outside of China, they have developed popular titles like Art of War: Crimson Tide and 100 Heroes. With this experience, it can be expected that Black Myth: Wukong will be one of, if not the, best games of the year.
Nonetheless, in recent years, controversy has surrounded the studio. Reports of Feng Ji, the CEO of the company, regarding his misogynistic and homophobic remarks came up. In addition, the questionable work ethics and toxic work environment at the studio raised concerns.
In this politically correct climate, such complications can affect the sales of the game to a significant degree. Indeed, some online people have vowed not to play the game for the above reasons. Still, no official apology or statement by CEO Feng Ji or Game Science has been issued.
The fact that this hyped-up game doesn’t have an actual release date bums out the fans. Every new trailer released for the game massively raises the gaming community’s expectations. The hype for this title isn’t going to settle down anytime soon. You can expect an article on the release date right here with the announcement of the release date.
Regardless of when the game is released, fans hope it will live up to the hype and be the competition that will give From Software a run for their money. This was all for today. Thank you for reading.