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Monday, October 23, 2000
Oni Update
6:00 AM | Tom Bridge | Comment on this story

Matt Soell from Bungie Software was kind enough to update Harry Al-Shakarchi with the latest news about Bungie's up-and-coming third person action venture, Oni. The latest build purportedly includes many refinements, and Matt drops a few hints that we should expect jaw-dropping visuals in the cut-scenes. Here is an excerpt:

- Gameplay got pretty solid in b20. It's hard to quantify in technical terms; the game is just more fun to play now. Things work properly and the little things that frustrate you are dropping out one by one. When three different guys are alternately trying to beat you down or blow you up, and you're running/jumping/punching/shooting/flinging them off a ledge like any other awesome anime heroine, it's just a lot of fun.

- Some of the bad guys are now smart enough to shoulder roll over a weapon and come up holding it, rather than standing still and bending over to pick it up.

- Four words: chaining eleven-hit combos. You have been warned.

- Marty is down in San Jose again, getting the remainder of the sound together. After Marty showed off one of the fully-scored ending cutscenes, Michael Evans was heard to remark "It's just like watching an action movie."

While Oni may remain long overdue, everything seems to point to an excellent game due to arrive sometime late this year or early 2001. Since they're already up to b25, one might ask how many more betas there will be; suffice to say the once-promised October release is clearly not going to happen.

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