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Friday, October 6, 2000
Update on Oni Tools, Beta
6:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Bungie's Matt Soell has made a recent post to the Oni Central message boards noting the status of Oni, the highly anticipated full-contact action game. In the update, he says that cinematic 'cutscenes' will be integrated into the game engine itself, though the ability for users to save films won't make it into the title. This has been a popular feature in other Bungie games, and was hoped might be in Oni as well; however with the loss of multiplayer support, 'films' of in-game action may not have seemed quite as important as before. In the latter part of his post, he responds to the question of releasing the movie-making tools for the game:

I don't think any of the Oni tools will see a public release, mainly because we don't own Oni anymore, but then I didn't expect us to ever release the Marathon source. Stranger things have happened.

Now installing Beta 12.... :-)

He is, of course, referring to the fact that Take Two now officially owns Oni and the Myth series. It will therefore be up to them to release any tools for the game. Check out the forum thread for more info from Soell.

Oni's release date is largely up in the air, but it looks like the beta testing is progressing nicely. Keep in mind that Beta periods can range from a few weeks to many months, and Take Two has mentioned the game will most likely not be out until early next year. The best advice would likely be to insert the standard "when it's done" phrase here, and be happy once this title arrives in the mail.

Oni Web Site
Oni Central Forum Thread

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