New Game Based On Journey To The West Coming Soon On PC & Console
Great news for Dragon Ball fans. A new game based on Journey To The West featuring Sun Wukong as the main character is making its way to PC & console.
There are plenty of exciting upcoming PC and console games to look forward to this year and beyond but this is the one I am most excited about. An intriguing new game titled Black Myth: Wu Kong has just been unveiled earlier this week and it's HOT. Developed by the up and coming Game Science Studio, who previously worked on the warmly-received real-time strategy game Art of War: Ride Tides, this Dark Souls-style action RPG takes its story and aesthetics from the classic Chinese novel Journey To The West.
Journey to the West is one of China’s Four Great Classical Novels, a highly venerated collection of literature which also includes the oft-adapted wuxia epic, Romance of the Three Kingdoms. The book mythologizes China’s adoption of Buddhism, angling it as a heroic quest wherein the monk, Xuanzang, literally retrieves sacred scriptures from India. Published way back in the 16th century, Journey To The West is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential Chinese works of all time. Believed to have been written by the Ming Dynasty author Wu Cheng'en, it tells the story of the Monkey King Sun Wukong as he journeys across the land to learn humility and retrieve the ancient writings of the Buddha himself. The story would spawn countless translations and retellings over the centuries in the form of various television adaptations,
He’s also been a popular role for leading men in China. Jet Li played him in The Forbidden Kingdom and Into the Badland‘s Donnie Yen starred as him in the blockbuster Monkey King: Havoc in Heaven just recently. Again, imagine trying to list every time King Arthur has shown up in some story or served as a model for some character.
So, what’s this got to do with Dragon Ball and why should it's fans be excited about this game? Well, it’s easy to overstate the connection but Goku is obviously based on Sun Wukong with him being one of countless homages to the novel in contemporary comics, film, and games.
Complete with the transforming staff, the cloud companion, monkey like features (specifically the tail), and is a very skilled fighter. Akira Toriyama didn’t intend his series to be a tribute to the novel, nor even a consistent parody. It’s just that the scenarios and iconography are so familiar in Eastern culture that they are often taken for granted. The monkey character, Sun Wukong, becomes the inspiration for many manga and anime characters not just Dragon Ball but also numerous video games like Ninja Theory's poor-selling yet well-received 2010 action title Enslaved: Odyssey to the West.
An official site for Black Myth: Wukong has also surfaced with additional details. A Google translate of the Chinese website reveals that the game is expected to release on PC and all “major host platforms”, including cloud gaming platforms that run smoothly.
Black Myth: Wukong will come with 72 special abilities to utilise and are used to combat the game’s many foes, several of which are shown during the gameplay demo.
While the game is called Black Myth: Wukong, the developer has said “it’s not just about monkeys” as there are “far too many intriguing characters worthy of consideration”. The developer also stated that it will release the game “when we’re (Game Science Studio) happy as players.”
The gameplay closes with a short montage of the game with the Monkey King tackling an assortment of beasts, demonstrating some stunning visuals the game is utilizing with Unreal Engine.