February 27, 1999

Longtime readers may recall me mentioning Oni, the upcoming 3rd-person perspective martial-arts game from Bungie Software, on the old update page. Well, there's been a slew of new articles and sites to check out, many of which are listed at Oni Central. One of the more recent is an interview with project leader Brent Pease which has some interesting comments about Oni's AI. Evidently, they're using some sort of "layered neural architectures" that allow the characters to work in groups and make use of their surroundings. They even come up with effective behavior that wasn't explicitly programmed. (Presumably, Bungie will take steps to prevent these AIs from taking over alien starships and dragging heavily-armed marines halfway across the galaxy.)