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Friday, March 23, 2001

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OmniGroup Ports Oni to OS X
4:23 PM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Last week IMG brought you word on OmniGroup's work to port four major games to OS X. Previously the company has been very involved with id Software's Quake 3: Arena, so they're no stranger to helping develop games. One of their four titles, an OS X demo of Elite Force, was already revealed at Macworld San Francisco. Since it is based on Q3A, we guessed some of the other three games might also have id roots (like F.A.K.K.2 or Alice). OmniGroup's Tim Wood is set to give a presentation at the Game Developers Conference about their work with games and OS X today, where he is expected to reveal the other three.

Being the impatient bunch we are, we asked OmniGroup about the other three games and got them to reveal that Oni is also being ported. Here's their response:

I can tell you now that one of the other titles is Oni, and I expect
that we'll be able to tell you the remaining titles very soon
This was certainly not of our guesses, and it probably comes as a surprise to those that know Oni is already mostly playable on OS X. Bungie released the game in a Carbonized form so that it would run on both OS X and previous systems. Since most of OmniGroup's work has been with OS X's native Cocoa environment, we asked them for a few more specifics about their version:
Yes: the version of Oni linked from Apple's Mac OS X downloads page is
a Carbon CFM application; our port is a Cocoa Mach-O application. In
our tests, our port gets better frame rates than Oni for Mac OS 9.
So those that want to enjoy their hard-kicking Konoko action can rest assured Oni will now run better than ever on OS X. The other two games are still unknown at this point, but we'll try and get word on them before heading into the weekend.

Update: We guessed right! Both Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K. 2 and Alice will have OS X versions, thanks to OmniGroup. We're looking for more distribution details and will keep you informed.

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