‘Black Myth: Wukong’ is Finally Playable

The groundbreaking ‘souls-like’ game has finally reached a playable form

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7:20 PM HKT, Tue August 15, 2023 1 mins read

Black Myth: Wukong, the highly anticipated ‘souls-like’ game inspired by the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West, is finally ready to make its debut at German video game fair Gamescom, where eager fans will finally have the opportunity to experience it firsthand.

Developed by Chinese studio Game Science, Black Myth: Wukong has garnered attention not only for its beautiful graphics and attention to detail, but also for its significance in the Chinese gaming industry. The game represents a major step, both for Chinese game developers, and for the presence of Chinese cultural elements in mainstream games.

With stunning graphics and gameplay influenced by the monumental Dark Souls franchise, Black Myth: Wukong lets players assume the role of the Monkey King, Sun Wukong. While the game has received immense positive attention worldwide, Game Science and its founder have also faced criticism over bizarre sexual comments and sexist recruitment ads, which constantly invoked imagery of penises.

The gaming community at large has been undeterred by the controversy.

“I don’t give a damn if [the allegations] are true or not,” one user tweeted. “I wanna play as a badass monkey who will wreck shit up.”

As excitement builds for the release of Black Myth: Wukong, its presence at Gamescom marks a significant milestone in its development journey. In addition to “dozens of machines” for attendees, Opening Night Live will also feature a world premiere for those who can't make it to the event.

Cover image via Game Science

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