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: