You have to give Red 5 Studios
credit for tenacity, if nothing else. When they initially announced their connection with Intel
via licensing the Offset Engine, the plan was to use Red 5
's upcoming fantasy MMO,
codenamed Project Offset,
to showcase Intel's high-end Larrabee processors. However, last month, Intel decided to scrap their plans
for the Offset Engine, and redirect the Larrabee processor towards more business-type uses. Meanwhile, despite Red 5 having financial difficulties requiring a layoff of staff
, they're continuing on. This is all thanks, in large part, to China's The9
, who have stepped in to give them a $20 million infusion of cash in exchange for a majority stake in their company.
While some startup studios might fold after a series of large setbacks like this, word is that
development on Project Offset
continues, according to a story on Gamasutra
. Only now, it's running on a "highly modified" version of the original Intel Offset Engine, giving this graphics intensive first-person MMO life. While details are still thin as ever beyond the game being a fantasy title, we hope that this newest partnership with The9 coupled with the recent infusion of cash helps their studio get back on track.
[Update: We've received word from Red 5 that they have no relationship to the canceled Project Offset, but they are still using a highly modified Offset Engine to continue their work on their own game.]