IIn this article, we’re going to talk about the Black Myth: Wukong trailer that just released a few days ago and our impressions. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s absolutely exceptional. In this article / video, we’re going to go over our thoughts and give you some background on this game.
Black Myth Wukong Gameplay impressions and reaction to Unreal Engine 5 trailer
If you haven’t heard of Black myth: Wukong before it’s an Action-RPG that’s loosely referred to as soul-like, which is being developed by Game Science Interactive Technology, and it’s coming to Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows.
What is the black myth: Wukong?
I think the timeframe is around 2023 and the game runs on the Unreal 5 engine. It’s actually the first game I’ve seen run on that engine and it looks absolutely beautiful. The graphic details, even through the compression on Youtube, are things I absolutely didn’t see, especially when looking at some of the statues and the intricate details.
It’s absolutely mind-blowing the level of detail and I think because the size of this studio is rather small compared to some of these other game studios out there that if that’s what we can kind of expect. of Unreal 5 going forward with some of these other companies and their resources, I think the gaming industry is going to give us a blast in terms of what games are going to be made and what they’re going to look like.
Dark Myth: Origin of Wukong’s Story
Dark Myth: Wukong is loosely based on the 16th century Chinese novel “Journey to the West” which is widely regarded as one of the most important or popular novels to come out of Asia of all time. One of the main characters in this story is called Sun Wukong or the monkey king who masters martial arts and gains immense power.
He has the ability to transform into various creatures which you can actually see in the gameplay trailer here, as he transforms into a bat in one scene, it remains to be seen how many creatures he will be able to transform into because in history it can take 72 different forms. But it would be absolutely amazing if you could do them all, although that’s probably unlikely given that he’s an independent developer.
Black Myth: Gameplay Wukong Souslike
Going into combat a bit, moving away from the story and the setting, you can see very clearly that the game is very soul inspired, it has a stamina bar when attacking, dodging , running, etc. It’s very minimal here, sort of reminds me of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice in a way due to the fact that he uses a weapon all the time which is the staff. But you’re going to have to manage that stamina when you fight. You obviously have what looks like a resource for using abilities. It even heals like a healing gourd etc, much like Sekiro does, so there’s definitely that Asian influence in this game, that’s very clear.
Black Wukong Big Focus on Boss Fights
Another aspect of combat besides the likeness of souls that I really got attached to watching the trailer is the emphasis on boss fights or mini-boss fights. We don’t really know exactly, some of them could be mini-bosses, that seems like a huge part of this game. There are obviously enemies between them that he fights during some aspects, but they show a lot of bosses and boss type mini enemies and there are a lot of them that are big in size especially dragon fight. It really gives you a Monster Hunter World type feel where the focus is on these huge, epic, difficult encounters, rather than maybe the design of the levels and the areas between those encounters.
There could be a greater focus on these fights rather than that, it’s very hard to tell based on the limited gameplay we’ve seen. We don’t have a very good idea of the world, if it’s interconnected, how it all works, but it feels like there’s a really strong emphasis on these boss fights, and you know it could. to be something that separates him a little from the games of souls. Obviously Soul Games focus a lot on these, but if the world is designed so that you go from a boss encounter to a boss encounter with maybe just a few enemies in between. two, it could be different that way.
Black Myth Wukong Main Concerns
Latest generation consoles
Having said that, I think I really have three main concerns about this game. The first is how the heck is this game going to perform on the latest generation ie Xbox One and Playstation 4. Looking at those visuals, then there are places if you really analyze the trailer, very closely, there are frame drops. Even in this footage I’m guessing it was played on a beastly computer, how is a Playstation 4 going to run it, or you know an Xbox One without a serious reduction in graphics quality.
I mean how old these rigs are at this point and by the time this game comes out next year, or the year after, I think it’s slated for around 2023, I just can’t see not how they can possibly run it. I don’t know why they would even target it, at that point, if it gets this far down the road, and honestly, I just can’t see it working. I mean for all we know this game could have struggled to play on the current gen, you might only be able to get 30 fps on Playstation 5 or Xbox Series X, on Unreal 5 with this quality of graphics , we just don’t know. How this will play out is a real concern because even on a beastly PC you see frame drops, it is still early, obviously, but it is a concern.
Combat and weapons
Second, the combat looks great, but you have what appears to be a single weapon. I think if I had one complaint with Sekiro it would be that I used the same weapon the whole game. It would have been cool at least to have different swords, although I always use a sword. We obviously don’t know how it’s going to work in this game, but if you’re using the same weapon, you have to worry about the combat getting repetitive without you knowing a variety of different things you can do.
Obviously they can add skills and abilities to mix that up, which they do in the video, but you are wondering, can that carry it throughout the game? Or are you going to be sitting there wishing, “Man, I just wish I had a few more guns!” It’s a concern, maybe it’s not a problem, but it’s something that worries me a bit.
Small Development Studio vs Scope
Well, it’s just that it’s an independent game, an independent studio that doesn’t have a publisher or anything in the West. So even if it looks good, how will it play out? Is it going to feel awkward? What’s the budget? How long will this game last? What part of the trailer is actually from the game? These things have not yet been answered. Sometimes when you see trailers like this you know they could show a big chunk of the game because they just don’t have the budget or the resources. There might be some disappointment in the general scope of the game if it doesn’t have a huge budget, so only time will tell.
Will Black Myth Wukong have online cooperation?
There is the last thing I want to talk about before I finish this article, and that is whether or not this game can have cooperative online play. We don’t know for sure that he has it and we don’t know for sure that he won’t have it. I have a feeling that is something that they will try to do if they can, and will not do it if they obviously cannot. We won’t know for a while, but the game’s producer is a fan of single-player experiences, who likes the online co-op element included. It reminds us a lot of souls obviously. So I’m going to assume that if they can fit it into this game, they will, and obviously that’s a game-changer. If this game goes from a single player only mode to a cooperative mode, it will be huge for this game. I think it would increase sales significantly, so I can’t wait to see if that gets added. We will of course keep you posted if this is the case.
So what did you think of the trailer? Is Unreal Engine 5 absolutely amazing or what? I was absolutely blown away by it. I can’t believe how good it looks. The detail is incredible. What did you like guys? What didn’t you like about the trailer? Is there something you are concerned about? Or are you pretty much totally excited for this game? Let us know in the comments.
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