Unreal Engine 5 role-playing game Black Myth: Wukong is the first title to be officially delayed from 2023 to 2024. We can only hope that the inevitable streak of delays isn’t too rambunctious on this year’s schedule.
Anyway, a few hours ago, indie Chinese developer Game Science released a short film to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year, finally showing the summer 2024 release window.
Black Myth: Wukong was first revealed in August 2020, when Game Science released an extended gameplay video for Pre-Alpha that wowed the world with its stunning graphics and intense combat.
It is based on the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West, arguably the most popular work of Asian literature, published in the 16th century (during the Ming Dynasty) and attributed to Wu Cheng’en. Black Legend: Wukong isn’t the first game to adapt Journey to the West, as Ninja Theory already attempted with Enslaved: Odyssey to the West in 2009.
However, this game is inspired by the recent Soulslike trend. Players will control the legendary Sun Wukong, one of the central characters in the novel. Also known as the Monkey King, he will be referred to in the game as the Destined One. Previous videos have shown him being able to transform into a giant monster to fight enemies or into a flying insect to explore the surroundings.
According to the official website, Game Science plans to sell Black Myth: Wukong for a one-time purchase. Post-launch DLCs and in-game purchases are potential additions later, though the developers promise to never sell in-game power-ups for real money. The official website also mentions the product’s penchant for synergy, hinting that it could be an advantage.
The game will be released for PC and home consoles (likely PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S|X), although cloud platforms are also being considered. On PC, Black Myth: Wukong will support ray tracing effects and DLSS 3 thanks to a partnership with NVIDIA.