Black Myth Wukong and The History Behind

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Note: All Chinese names in this article are given in form of \<Given name> \<Family name>. For example, in Sun Wukong, Sun is the family name, Wukong is the given name.


Black Myth : Wukong (Chinese: 黑神话:悟空, Pinyin: Hēishénhuà : Wùkōng) is a Chinese game by Game Science Interactive Technology Ltd., short for Game Science. The studio released the trailer of the game on Aug. 20th (CST). And get very much attentions. The official trailer video had got 20 million views on Bilibili.

Official Trailer

The trailer shows something very impressive. If you hasn't watched it yet, please watch it above first. I'm pretty sure that many of you are excited of this game. Many people may only focus on the excellent graphics or the souls-like gameplay, but not the story behind.


Wukong

Wukong or Sun Wukong is the main character in an ancient Chinese novel Journey to the West by Wu Cheng'en in 1592. Which is one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. Almost everybody in China has known and read the novel.

When Wukong was born, he was called "Shihou" (lit. Stone Monkey). That's because Wukong was originally a stone on "Huaguo Mountain" (lit. Flowers and Fruits Mountain). One day, the stone cracked and Wukong jumped out of it. As he was from a stone, we can guess that he is a very unusual monkey. And it turned out so, Wukong quickly built a kingdom of monkeys on the Huaguo Mountain.

However, a group of humans came to Huaguo Mountain and faught with Wukong and his monkeys. Wukong failed in the fight with humans. Many of his monkeys were killed. So Wukong decided to go oversea to study and revenge one day.

After a long time, Wukong learned many skills and came back Huaguo Mountain. You can find the list his skill here.

Wukong found a cave in his mountain, named "Shuilian Cave" (lit. Water Curtain Cave). He built the cave as his base. From then on, he claimed to be "Monkey King" or "Meihong Wang" (lit. Good-looking Monkey King).

However, not long after that, the gods in the "Tian'gong" (lit. Sky Palace) noticed that. The gods thinks it's too risky to keep Wukong as Monkey King, so they sent a messenger to invite Wukong to come up to the Tian Gong. The gods gave Wukong a low-level title "Bimawen" (Chinese: 弼马温). It has the same pronuciation as "避马瘟", which means avoid horse flu. This made Wukong very angry. So Wukong fight with the gods in the Tian Gong and Wukong won. The gods had no way but to call the "Rulai Fozu" (the Grand Buddha). The Grand Buddha captured Wukong and sealed Wukong under the "Wuzhi Mountain" (lit. Five Fingers Mountain) for 500 years.

500 years later, Xuan Zang, a.k.a. "Tang Seng" (lit. Chinese Monk) came and unsealed Wukong. Xuan Zang and Wukong, plus Zhu Wuneng, Sha Wujing and "Bailongma" (lit. White Dragon Horse), started the journey to the west.

The Journey

Journey to The West is quite a long novel. So I couldn't cover all of the facts. But it basically is a story about Wukong, Xuan Zang, Wuneng, Wujing and their horse had a journey from China to India ("the West"). And they met "Jiujiu Bashiyi Nan" (81 Troubles) in the journey. Wukong dealed with 80 the 81 problems and finally reach "the West". During their way home, they dealed with the last trouble and got to the Tang Dynasty (China). And the original novel ends here. And when Tang Seng first met Wukong, a god from Tian Gong gave Tang Seng a Golden Hoop and taught him "Jinggu Zhou" (Tightening Hoop Spell). Wukong put up the hoop and when Tang Seng tells the spell, Wukong will have a very bad headache so that Tang Seng can keep Wukong from being worse.

Journey to The West

Almost every Chinese knows Journey to The West, and almost every kid in China imagines that they can be Wukong one day. Wukong is like the Superman of China. I believe many will be excited of this game, because this is the very first time, in a Chinese AAA title, Chinese players can be the Monkey King.

The Trailer

There's one thing to note about is that when the trailer is close to end, it starts playing Yun Gong Xun Ying (Chinese: 云宫迅音, lit. Quick Sound in the Cloud Palace). Which is the opening music of the 1986 Chinese TV series Journey to The West. It received a viewership rate of 89.4% in 1987 and being repeated on local Chinese channel for over 2000 times. So when every Chinese hear the music, they know it's Journey to The West. So that's why this is one of my favorite part of the game trailer. It catches every Chinese players mind.

Starts at 0:36


Wukong's Skill List

  • "Ruyi Jin'gu Bang", "Jin'gu Bang" (lit. Golden Hoop Stick) or "Ding Hai Sheng Zhen" (lit. Steady Seas Needle)
    • It was originally the "Ding Hai Sheng Zhen" in the East Sea, and Wukong named it "Ruyi Jin'gu Bang" after he took the stick.
    • It can be longer or shorter, thicker or thiner at any time.
    • Wukong hide the stick in his ear.
  • Live forever
  • 72 Bian (lit. 72 Changes)
    • Wukong can change himself into 72 different things.
    • Fun fact: he can't hide his tail so he can't turn himself into a human.
  • Jindou Yun (lit. Somersault Cloud)
    • Wukong can somersault once and travel 36,000 li (18,000 km or 11,185 miles).
  • Jin'gang Buhuai Zhi Sheng (lit. Metal and Non-breakable Body)
    • Wukong can get immunity of any injury for a short time.
  • Huo Yan Jin Jing (lit. Fire Eyes and golden eyes)
    • Wukong can see things thousands of miles away.
  • Wukong can turn his hairs to weapons.
  • Make Clone
    • Wukong can spawn a bunch of his clone.
    • Wukong does use his hair to make clones.

Chinese Tips

Reading Chinese

For people who don't know Chinese at all, here's some tips.

Chinese is informally called "Square Words", like “口、国、弼、西、日”. You may feel very confused. But don't worry, Chinese can be romanized. And that is Pinyin.

You can Google some Chinese to Pinyin tools or simply use Google Translator

ChineseToPinyin

Just type the Chinese in the left, and its pinyin shows above the microphone and speaker icon.

Pronuncing Chinese

Following are some Pinyin words, and I tried to transform them into a easy way to pronounce.

  • Heishenhua : Wukong -> Hay-shen-hoowa Woo-kong
  • Shihou -> Sh-hou
  • Huaguo Mountain -> Hoowa-goowo Mountain
  • Shuilian Cave -> Shoowei-lian Cave
  • Meihou Wang -> May-hoh Wang
  • Tian Gone -> Ten-Gone
  • Rulai Fozu -> Roo-lie-For-zoo
  • Wuzhi Mountain -> Woo-zhi Mountain
  • Xuan Zang -> Shoowen-zang
  • Tang Seng -> Tung-Sen
  • Zhu Wuneng -> Zoo-Woo-nen
  • Sha Wujing -> Sha-Woo-jin
  • Bailongma -> Buy-long-ma
  • Sun Wukong -> Soon-Woo-kong
  • Wu Cheng'en -> Woo-Cheng-en
  • Bimawen -> Bee-ma-when
  • Jiujiu Bashiyi Nan -> Jojo-Bash-yee-Nan
  • Ruyi Jingu Bang -> Rooyee-Jin-goo-Bang
  • Ding Hai Sheng Zhen -> Deen-Hi-Shen-Zhen
  • 72 Bian -> 72-Ben
  • Jindou Yun -> Jing-dow-Yun
  • Jin'gang Buhuai Zhishen -> Jing-gang-Boo-Hooway-Zhi-shen
  • Huo Yan Jin-Jing -> Hoowo-Yan-Jing-Jing
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