OmniGroup To Port Alice, FAKK2, Oni to OS X
8:22 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story
In case you missed our story Friday, OmniGroup has revealed the rest of the games they will be porting to OS X. Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K.2 and Alice are now officially announced, though not big surprises given OmniGroup's experience with the Quake 3 engine. Elite Force is another Q3 title which was revealed back in January. We also expect they will release an update for Quake 3: Arena itself, since the current version only seems to run well under the Public Beta and not the final retail OS X build.
Oni, which is already Carbonized to run under OS X and Classic, will also be released as a Cocoa application. Keep in mind that OmniGroup works almost exclusively in the native Cocoa environment of OS X. This means that while their version of the program won't run in OS 9 (like a Carbonized application would), it will run fast and take advantage of all of OS X's benefits. OmniGroup's Ken Case tells us their preliminary tests of Oni show that it runs faster than even the OS 9 version on the same system.
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While there are no specifics at this moment, OmniGroup is expected to start releasing versions of these titles this week (other than Alice, which isn't even available for OS 9 yet). We're trying to pin down more details on the games and will bring you any new word we receive. As for Alice, the unique third-person title being ported by Brad Oliver of Westlake, we expect this game to progress to "shippable" very quickly. All of the OmniGroup projects will be free downloads from their web site, which you simply install in your Applications folder under OS X and then set the location of the data files from the game when the application launches.
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