Black Myth: Wukong is an upcoming Chinese game based on the Chinese mythical figure; Sun Wukong. The game sees the players fighting enemies of all sizes, as they explore the ancient figure’s story.
The game has been looking extremely promising so far. Many have been blown away with the gameplay and trailers showed by the developers, and expectations are currently sky high.
However, a recent rumor has raised concern regarding the game. Twitch streamer realanton managed to find some information on the game’s development. Realanton managed to obtain this information through a source that dug deep into the Chinese side of the internet for information on Black Myth: Wukong.
Surprisingly, the findings paint a really grim picture for the game.
Looking back at the developer’s history already raises a few eyebrows. The developers behind Black Myth: Wukong have previously worked on two mobile games. A game of this scale is certainly a huge jump in scope for the developer.
Furthermore, the source claimed that a developer who worked on character and combat design left the company due to disagreements on certain decisions. This was followed by the art director pointing out the character and combat designer’s inexperience being the primary cause behind this conflict. This was a huge setback to the game.
While the information so far might not sound terrible, this is where things start to fall apart. A level designer who tested the game seemed to claim that the game only had a single completed area in August, 2021. Additionally, the designer stated that the game lacked any cutscenes, bosses and enemies at that point, except the aforementioned area.
This is shocking news, the 2021 trailer was easily the game’s best showcase. The extended trailer showed various bosses, enemies and all kinds of promising levels. This would mean that everything showed in the trailer was only a concept, and did not represent the final product in any meaningful form.
Finally, the source claimed that the developers are currently looking to hire talent for Black Myth: Wukong. The developers are also struggling with art assets for the game. Black Myth: Wukong is based on Unreal Engine 5, and the engine does not have many assets suited to the game. This has led to the developers travelling around the country for these assets.
It seems like Black Myth: Wukong might never come to fruition, based on the report. However, all hope is not lost. The game’s voice acting director posted “periodic victory” for the project in February, 2022. Moreover, the game is likely to be shown at China Joy on August 20, 2022. This should give fans an updated look at the game.
Some viewers initially described Black Myth: Wukong as too good to be true. If the source’s information turns out to be true, this will certainly end up being the case. Many will likely be disappointed at this news, but it remains to be seen if the developers can turn things around for their ambitious game.
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