One Must Fall 2097 Trivia (DOS)
According to Epic MegaGames' online newsletter MEGANEWS (#9 - October 11, 1995), Epic Megagames had planned to release a sequel called OMF II (working title only) which was going to be a Windows 95 game. They were going to port the gameplay of OMF: 2097 to Windows 95 and add SGI/Alias rendered 3D graphics created by a former professional comic artist. Although no projected release date had been set, Epic was intending to release the sequel sometime in 1996.
The manual gives Major Kreissack's age as 103, intended it seems to make his birth coincide with what in real life was the release of this game.
Kenny Chou, who made the music, was also known as C.C.Catch in the early PC demo scene. He was a member of the North American group "Renaissance".
The music was done with Scream Tracker 3, one of the first really "great" module trackers for the PC.
In Simulation mode, once in a while the computer character will fight himself, usually producing joke quotes like "I bet I know what you're thinking!" (Jean-Paul vs. Jean-Paul).
If you destroy a secret character, you get enhancements for your robot (for example, Jaguar gets an extra concussion cannon).
Holding 2-0-9-7 at the main menu produces a new "Advanced Options" submenu, allowing you to include Capcom-style features like air combos, defensive throws, and block damage.
When Christian meets Major Kreissack in one player mode, he utters a familiar quotation from the movie The Princess Bride: "You killed my father. Prepare to die."
The early beta version of this excellent fighting game was originally a side-scrolling karate game. Known then only as One Must Fall, there were no robots to be seen (hence the absence of "2097" in the working title), though the fluid character animation and good fighting controls were already apparent. -Source http://underdogs.cjb.net
Just after Epic MegaGames decided not to sell OMF 2097 anymore in early 1999, the makers of the game (Diversions Entertainment) declared that the game became freeware.
The designer, Rob Elam, makes a cameo appearance in the game (look for the character called "Rob"), as does James Schmaltz, the creator of Epic Pinball. Other characters from other Epic games pop up if you defeat certain characters brutally, like Jazz Jackrabbit, Devon Shell, etc.