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The Souls-like genre has become extremely popular over the years, and other studios are seeing great results emulating FromSoftware’s magnum opus. A great example of this is Lies of P, which took the world by storm last September. And now, a new Souls-like venture is on the horizon, Black Myth Wukong. Developed by GameScience, it’s based on the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West. Set to be the studio’s first premium AAA title, it’s captured everyone’s attention with its impressive trailers, stunning environments, intense combat, and distinctive enemy designs. So, I thought it would be a great time to discuss everything we know about Black Myth Wukong. Let’s move on with the video, shall we?
Black Myth Wukong Release Date and Platforms
According to GameScience, Black Myth Wukong is slated to launch on mainstream consoles simultaneously with its PC version. This means you can look forward to experiencing Black Myth on Xbox Series XS and PlayStation 5. The jury’s still out on whether it’ll extend its reach to Xbox One and PlayStation 4. As for the launch editions, unfortunately, the devs have been tight-lipped on that front, and it looks like we won’t get much info until at least the first quarter of 2024. While the wait may be considerable, clocking in at a year and a half, it shows the studio’s commitment to ensuring a polished and impactful debut for their first AAA title.
The 13-minute gameplay clip for Black Myth Wukong reveals standard Souls-like features. negotiating hazardous situations and dealing with challenging supervisors. In combat, players will use a variety of special skills and tactical item placement. The gameplay has a strong emphasis on combat, emphasizing timing parries and dodges with a high skill ceiling. Wukong’s transformation into a kikata adds a unique aspect to the game and allows players to roam and spy in a calculated manner. Wukong needs the many forms—among which is a tremendous change—to vanquish several opponents and break through obstacles. The fact that Wukong may morph into a monstrous creature with a boulder-like stomach in order to withstand a flurry of ranged attacks implies that the game places a strong emphasis on the capacity to change in order to overcome certain obstacles. Material allows players to approach it in a way that best fits their preferred playstyle because of its dynamic blend of battle tactics and strategic alterations.
Black Myth Wukong Story
Sun Wukong, sometimes referred to as the Monkey King, is the role that players take on in Black Myth Wukong. The Chinese mythology of Journey to the West features a well-known character named Sun Wukong. Now that Sun Wukong has embarked on an adventure with the Buddhist monk Tang Sanzhang to find rare sutras, players can engage with him in a new chapter of his life. Just with Soulsborne titles, Black Myth Wukong may place a strong emphasis on a narrative style that engages players through discovery, confrontations with monsters, and education on the local mythology—all without primarily depending on overt narrative components.
Estimated Time to Complete
Game science producer Feng Ji stated that finishing Black Myth Wukong should take at least 15 hours in an interview with IGN. While this might seem relatively short compared to some other AAA games, it underlines the studio’s emphasis on quality over quantity. Feng Ji’s acknowledgement of the team’s size and their commitment to delivering a polished experience gives me high hopes.
Ray Tracing Technology
Nvidia revealed an 8-minute gameplay demo of Black Myth Wukong, showcasing the game’s visual prowess in 4K with ray tracing and Nvidia DLSS activated. Running on Unreal Engine 5, this demonstration not only serves as a technical spectacle but also offers a glimpse into what the engine can achieve in 2024. The gameplay demo begins with a battle against a dragon who can manipulate lightning, a striking showcase of both the game’s striking graphics and the challenges players will face.
All in all, Black Myth Wukong is a highly anticipated Souls-like action-adventure game with impressive graphics, combat, and enemy design. With an estimated completion time of at least 15 hours, it promises a concise yet impactful experience. What do you guys think?
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