Hotly anticipated ‘Black Myth: Wukong’ is delayed on Xbox Series X|S — and now, Microsoft has responded

Hotly anticipated ‘Black Myth: Wukong’ is delayed on Xbox Series X|S — and now, Microsoft has responded

What you need to know

  • Black Myth: Wukong is an upcoming action adventure title from Game Science. 
  • Based on the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West, Black Myth: Wukong’s spectacular visuals and tight-looking combat has made it hotly anticipated. 
  • Sadly, the Xbox version of the game was “delayed for optimizations” on June 7, 2024, to an unspecified date. 
  • Microsoft has offered a rare statement regarding the delay, adding some mystery to proceedings. 

Black Myth: Wukong is a spectacular-looking upcoming action adventure game from new studio Game Science, based on the Chinese classical novel Journey to the West. The player takes charge of a martial-arts wielding monkey known as Destined One, based on Sun Wukong from the novel. Described as a boss rush game, Black Myth: Wukong was previously slated to hit Xbox Series X|S, alongside the PC and PlayStation 5 versions on August 20, 2024. Until plans changed. 

Developer Game Science showed off a new trailer for Black Myth: Wukong at this year’s Summer Game Fest 2024 in LA, and the Xbox Series X|S logo was mysteriously absent. Later, the company confirmed on its FAQ that the Xbox version had been “delayed for optimizations.” 

“We are currently optimizing the Xbox Series X|S version to meet our quality standards,” Game Science said, “so it won’t release simultaneously with the other platforms. We apologize for the delay and aim to minimize the wait for Xbox users. We will announce the release date as soon as it meets our quality standards.”

Initial previews for Black Myth: Wukong have been incredibly positive.  (Image credit: Game Science)

The news led to a flurry of speculation that the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S platform is difficult to work with. The Xbox Series S in particular has been blamed previously for game delayed, notably Baldur’s Gate 3, which dropped split-screen co-op in order to get the game out. The Xbox Series S has less RAM and GPU power than the Xbox Series X and PS5, leading to resolution compromises in exchange for a lower, more affordable price point. The console has proven popular as a more affordable option for millions, although it is frequently blamed for situations like the above.

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