Intel's Project Offset First Person Shooter Canned

Did you know that Intel purchased a game developer working on a first person shooter? The developer was Offset Software, working on Project Offset – was, being the key here, as Intel has officially shut down the project.

Big Download the following official statement from Intel:

Intel purchased Offset Software to improve our game development knowledge-base and to further Intel's visual computing technology development expertise, helping the company offer robust products, support, and tools to customers. With the recent changes in our product roadmap, some of the resources and technologies from the acquisition are being re-applied to help support new graphics related projects. Additionally, other Offset Software team members have moved onto other external projects outside the company.

While it's unlikely that Intel was looking to become a game development house, the addition of Offset Software was likely due to having an in-house team to held aid in Larrabee design and testing. Now that Larrabee isn't happening in the way Intel originally planned, the founders of Offset have taken their game-making skills independent again.

Sam McGrath, one of the founders of Offset Software, told Big Download, "Yes, we have indeed parted ways with Intel and I, along with the other original founders of Offset, have started Fractiv. Unfortunately I can't say any more than that at this stage but I'm looking forward to answering your questions in the near future."

This is what Project Offset was looking like:

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  • scrumworks
    That looked great. Too bad it was canned. Perhaps AMD could finish it :)
  • insider3
    That short clip was pretty damn good. Hope it gets finished.
  • shin0bi272
    I bet they planned to showcase larabee with it... no larabee no offset
  • el33t
    Intel can never succeed in the gaming business..............that is till they either merge with Nvidia or develop friendly a relation with them.
  • urlsen
    lookes awsome...too bad
  • nukemaster
    Its a shame, that looked pretty cool.
  • exodite
    Project Offset were around at least back in '04, probably earlier at that. Cool as the game, or engine, might have been they've effectively outdone Duke Nukem Forever at this point.
  • curnel_D
    Damn, this was about the only game I was really interested in following at this point. Intel can go to hell for ruining what these guys put together.
  • _Cubase_
    I had been following Project Offset for the past 3+ years. It's extremely sad that it will be facing yet another set-back. Just goes to show, if you want to do anything in this business, you have to do it yourself, becuase big companies lack appreciation for true talent.
  • tipoo
    DAMN! That game looked great, I wish Intel never gobbled them up. Now that larrabee is also on the back burner, what was the point?