A previously unknown game called Black Myth: Wukong has just become one of the most talked-about games in the world thanks to a stunning 13-minute gameplay trailer that showcases the project’s promise.
Let’s start with a little backstory. Black Myth is being developed by a Chinese game studio called Game Science. Founded by a group of former Tencent employees, the team was inspired to pursue a project of this size when they saw how successful Triple-A games on Steam were among gamers in China. In fact, some are describing this game as one of China’s first significant Triple-A efforts.
The game’s budget is evident in the trailer which is highlighted by some stunning visuals, animations, and pure technological concepts. You could certainly argue that there’s nothing here that we strictly haven’t seen before, but the fluidity of the game’s action combined with the rich details of many of the character models and environments is one of the clearer demonstrations of next-gen technology (or at least modern advanced gaming technology) that we’ve seen since the debut of Epic’s Unreal Engine 5 trailer.
Impressively, it seems that developer Game Science may not even be happy with what we see in this trailer. In a post on Weibo (as reported on by IGN and translated by a ResetEra member) Game Science founder Feng Ji pointed out what he believes to be various flaws in the trailer, including instances of low frame rate, bad physics, and some moments when the soundtrack doesn’t quite match the footage. He says that this footage doesn’t represent the team’s best work and that the team plans on forgetting the success it has enjoyed as they continue to work on the project.
Still, the hype remains as strong as it has been since the trailer debuted about 24 hours ago. Along with the visuals, many are praising the trailer’s fast-paced gameplay (which seems to combine elements from games like God of War and Sekiro) and the various little touches featured in the combat sequences such as quick character reactions to subtle movements. The large-scale battle sequence at the end is especially impressive.
Finally, there’s the matter of the game’s lore and setting. Based on Journey to the West, Black Myth features some impressive world-building concepts that are exciting many on the simple basis that they’re all things that we just haven’t seen before in other games of this scope. You can get a better idea of that aspect of the trailer by checking it out for yourself:
All of that being said, maybe it is important to temper your expectations a bit. Game Science is still seeking a publishing partner and additional staff, so it sounds like this game is a long way off from completion. That also means there is no planned release date available at this time, but we’ll be sure to keep you up-to-date on that information as additional details become available.