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Black Myth: Wukong, the new RPG from Game Science that is turning heads for its gorgeous world and legendary story, just got a new trailer showing off the game in Unreal Engine 5. And. It. Is. Awesome.
Unreal Engine 5 is to be the standard for new-gen games going forward with impressive systems that recreate realism in environments like nothing you've seen before. Nanite and Lumen are the buzzwords you need to know in this regard. The former is a "new internal mesh format and rendering technology to render pixel scale detail and high object counts"; and the latter is a "fully dynamic global illumination and reflections system that is designed for next-generation consoles".
Sure, sure. Sounds brilliant. If you're like me and you need an example to ground all of that jargon, then feast your eyes on 12 glorious minutes of Black Myth: Wukong gameplay.
Black Myth: Wukong is inspired by Journey To The West, a classic Chinese novel published in the 16th century which follows a monkey king named Wukong as he seeks power to challenge the Taoist gods. I know. It's an absolutely awesome setting for a game to draw upon, and the developer describes it to be a "wide wild romantic world, suffused with fancy and mystery."
In this gameplay, we see Wukong trudge through the snow to a temple, where he meets a mischievous creature who seems set on stopping him in his tracks. The combat strikes me as very Souls-like, requiring dodges, a keen awareness of timings and mixed attack styles to get the upper hand on the opponent. Moreover, the world itself is mind-blowing with its detail and the character designs are refreshingly unique.
At one point, there's a severed head that rolls towards Wukong, breathing fire out of its nostrils. A monk that looks a little like a tiefling wields lighting and floats in the rainy grounds of a temple. There's something similar to a centaur but with a few too many legs and a ginormous bear with glowing red eyes. And, surely the star of the show is the battle with the fearsome white dragon on the frozen lake. I'd feel bad if that majestic beast was no longer soaring the skies as a result of my doing. Well. He started it, suppose.