A new trailer for a Soulslike action game has been making the rounds on social media today, and for good reason. Black Myth: Wukong is a Chinese-developed action-adventure game based on the Journey to the West mythology.
The 13-minute gameplay trailer features a sizable chunk of pre-alpha gameplay. As the main character, presumably Sun Wukong, travels around and fights, the trailer showcases an impressive range of action in combat with various enemies.
There are a lot of Souls-adjacent games, and similarities can certainly be seen here in the careful back-and-forth, dodge-rolling combat. The verticality of the main character really impressed me though; being able to spring up on a pole and slam down adds a new dimension to combat.
As noted in a Twitter thread from games industry analyst Daniel Ahmad, Black Myth: Wukong is being developed by a Chinese indie studio called Game Science Studio. Focusing on the Journey to the West mythos and Sun Wukong, or the Monkey King, Ahmad says there will be 72 different abilities for Wukong to use.
In another thread, Ahmad breaks down the history of Game Science Studio. Founded by former Tencent Games staff, the studio had previously worked on Journey to the West-themed MMO Asura. The studio has made several free-to-play games in the past, but in 2017, it noted that "conditions were right for Chinese developers to enter the premium games market," using the growing popularity of platforms like Steam. The team played God of War, Monster Hunter: World, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice during development too, which definitely comes through in the trailer.
It's phenomenal to see something like this get traction. God of War director Cory Barlog has already praised the trailer, and it's been getting traction throughout the day on social media. There's no release date set for now, but I'm hopeful it makes its way over here once it's ready. The chance to explore the story of Sun Wukong with this level of production and action sounds fantastic.