Chinese gaming giant Tencent has unveiled the demo trailer for its upcoming triple-A title “Code: To Jin Yong,” which was inspired by the novels of famed Chinese wuxia author Jin Yong.
Revealed during Tencent’s annual game release event on June 27, the demo trailer showcases the beauty of ancient China and a battle system that focuses heavily on gravity-defying moves commonly found in the wuxia genre.
“Code: To Jin Yong” is being developed by Tencent’s LightSpeed Studios, the company behind the mobile ports of “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” and “Apex Legends.”
The Shenzhen-headquartered company said it created the game using real-time 3D creation tool Unreal Engine 5, which has helped it realize intricate martial movements using its advanced physics system.
The company is also aiming to digitize Mount Hua, an iconic mountain located in Huayin City in China’s Shaanxi province. LightSpeed Studios reportedly used photogrammetry to scan Mount Hua and recreate it using Unreal Engine 5.
Despite the breathtaking visuals, Tencent noted in the video that its trailer “does not reflect the quality of the final product.”
Before his death in 2018 at the age of 94, Jin Yong wrote an extensive collection of martial arts novels, earning him recognition as one of the world’s best-selling authors. The legendary writer was reportedly popular in many Chinese-speaking countries.
“Code: To Jin Yong,” which will serve as the first video game adaptation of the author’s novels, is not the only Unreal Engine 5 adaptation of Chinese mythology to have been recently announced. In 2020, Hangzhou-based studio Game Science released a 13-minute gameplay video for its upcoming action role-playing game “Black Myth: Wukong.” Based on “Journey to the West” – a Chinese classical novel attributed to Wu Cheng’en – “Black Myth” is expected to be released in 2023.
An official release date of “Code: To Jin Yong” has yet to be announced.