Development behind the anticipated Black Myth: Wukong isn’t going well according to a new report. The game was announced back in 2020 by Chinese indie developer Game Science. Back in August 2020, the developer announced this soulslike RPG in 13 minutes of so-called “gameplay” and it immediately grabbed the attention of gamers all over the world. Within a few days, the gameplay had hit over 2 million views and became one of the most anticipated games on the market. However, it seems that the “scripted” gameplay we have all seen so far from Black Myth: Wukong is all the game is at the moment – a scripted, generic trailer.
According to YouTuber Ranton Stream Highlights, he has received word directly from a source at Game Science detailing the game’s rocky development. In a video, Ranton breaks down the latest information which has been trickled through to him. According to the report, Black Myth: Wukong already started suffering from development issues back in July 2021 when a lead character and combat designer left the studio due to creative differences.
This character designed reportedly had a “back and forth” quarrel at the studio before leaving the development team. However, it seems the issue with this developer wasn’t related to the game. In fact, he reportedly lacked the skills and expertise to work on Black Myth: Wukong and set the game’s development back due to this.
Another report claims that in August 2021, Black Myth: Wukong only had one area in the game that was playable and at a so-called “launch quality”. The rest of the game didn’t have any cutscenes, enemies or boss fights implemented into the project whatsoever.
Another update comes from February 2022 when a voice actress reportedly celebrated her work on the game over on the Chinese social media platform Weibo. However, the game was reportedly set to premiere at the China Game Week in June but the event was delayed to August this year.
Ranton does give us some hope for things to come. He says that the Chinese gaming market is as excited about Black Myth: Wukong as the Western market. Game Science has even seen investment from larger companies including the likes of Tencent. However, Ranton confirmed that Game Science is struggling with staff and recently posted an update on the Black Myth: Wukong Chinese game page saying the studio is “extremely short on talent”.
If you ask me, Black Myth: Wukong has always seemed a bit “scripted” to be true. Everything we have seen (which isn’t much) hasn’t represented real gameplay at all. These trailers might play out like gameplay but they are specifically designed to look like in-game footage but are far from it. Black Myth: Wukong is definitely still in development but just don’t expect to see it any time soon.