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Monday, August 7, 2000
Where Is Oni?
2:23 PM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

Since Bungie's disappointing showcase of Oni at this year's E3 -- just a simple deathmatch level running on a PlayStation 2 -- and the total lack of a playable version of this game at MWNY last month, the time has come to ask the question: whither Oni? This third-person action title has been in the works since 1997, in one form or another; recently it traded hands from Bungie to Take Two Interactive as part of the sale of Bungie to Microsoft. Since that time all we have heard is that Gathering of Developers will publish Oni for Mac and PC sometime after the PS2 launch at the end of October.

3D Action Planet has posted a short piece which asks the question at hand: Where the hell is Oni? While the article doesn't offer much in the way of new information or answers to that question, it does outline the history of this title's development and its current status. When they pressed Bungie for an answer as to when this game might be expected, all they received was mysterious silence:

When Oni was announced last year, the release date was loosely given for late 1999. Bungie's own Brent Pease stated in an interview on onicore that "we are covering a lot of new ground and Bungie will not ship this game until it is ready".

Late 1999 has since past, and while the delays are frustrating for Oni's many fans, even more so is Bungie's silence concerning the topic. Our requests for an interview from Bungie and Oni's new publisher, Gathering of Developers, were unsuccessful.

Curious, indeed. When last we spoke with Bungie staffers, the plan was for the Bungie West team to remain in San Jose finishing up Oni, then turn over what they had completed to Take Two Interactive and move to Redmond to join Bungie Studios. We'll contact our own sources at Bungie and see if we can obtain a clearer picture of Oni's status for you. In the meantime, the 3DAP article is an amusing read. If you are totally new to Oni and want to know more about this game, read our Oni preview from last Summer.

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