Some of you may have already noticed but you can no longer download Project Spark from the Xbox or Windows store and this is because after much consideration Microsoft and Team Dakota have decided to discontinue support for the game.
Starting last Friday, Project Spark disappeared from the Market Place and for all existing users the online service will discontinue after the 12th August, but what does this mean? Without an online service, players will no longer be able to download user content or upload any of their own. If you want to use user-generated content once the service is turned off then you need to download it before the 12th August. Also if your own creations have not been saved locally you will need to download them to your console or PC.
For those of you who purchased the Project Spark Starter Kit before it transitioned to its free to play state last fall or redeemed the code inside a retail box between Oct 5 2015 to May 13th 2016 then never fear. Microsoft will be crediting your account and this in turn can be exchanged in the Xbox Or Windows store to buy content. I know for a fact that some of these credits have gone out already so keep your eyes peeled. For more information on if you are eligible and how to receive the credit can be found here.
On the official Project Spark site Community Manager Thomas Gratz posted “This was an extremely difficult decision for our team that we do not take lightly. When “Project Spark” transitioned away from active development last fall, many of our team members moved to other projects within Microsoft Studios. While this means there have been no layoffs at Microsoft, it also means it’s simply no longer feasible to continue the behind-the-scenes work involved with keeping Project Spark up and running with meaningful updates and bug fixes, so we have come to this hard decision.”
So there you have it, after 46 content packs, thousands of assets and 16 updates since launch and not including the hundreds of thousands of creations and experiences that have been created by its community, the community spark finally gets extinguished.
For further information around the discontinued support of the game check out the official site here. Also why don’t you drop us a comment and let us know your thoughts?
Project Spark Beta was previously released on Windows 8.1 devices last December 2013 which soon caught the interest of more than 250,000 fans who took advantage of the game’s revolutionary tool-set to create custom adventures and unique worlds from scratch! With the Beta now available on Xbox One today, Xbox One owners can join a dynamic development community of designers to create, explore and play within their own world, or jump into other community-creations to modify and collaborate on a game for endless possibilities. With cross-platform capabilities and through the power of Cloud Saving, Project Spark creators can build on a Windows 8.1 device, and then pick-up a controller to continue playing on Xbox One or vice versa.
The Beta Program enables creators to use “Project Spark’s” developer-grade toolset on both Windows 8.1 and Xbox One platforms, available until the product launches later this year. Explore the infinite possibilities of “Project Spark” and help Team Dakota take the digital canvas experience to the next level.
CREATE. Enjoy special access to the ultimate interactive digital playground for fans and creators. Use the power of your own creativity, storytelling and personality to build unique and instantly playable levels, games and worlds.
PLAY. Experience hundreds of never-before-played games, give feedback and comments on gameplay, and even remix other user’s games with a personal twist.
SHARE. Creations can be shared with Team Dakota and other Beta participants within the community. Share your creations with others around the world and be among the first to leave your mark on this groundbreaking digital canvas.
To join the “Project Spark” Beta, visit https://joinprojectspark.com/ to sign up today. Users with access to the Windows 8.1 Beta Program will also receive access to the Xbox One Beta Program.
Not exactly concrete proof, but incidentally it may be the only proof we need that Project Spark will enter a Beta phase on the Xbox One from as early as (drum roll) next week! Responding to eager gamers on Twitter, Phil Spencer outed that it was due next week, however the exact date was not confirmed by the official Project Spark Twitter account, but was later confirmed as “Close though” from a dev on Team Dakota, the developers of Project Spark. Have you got the gist of all that twitter trailing?
Here are the trail of tweets in question:
Project Spark is the really creative looking, upcoming free-to-play game from Team Dakota, that will not require an Xbox LIVE Gold subscription! The game where you get to creatively make your own interactive environments will be free for everyone on Xbox LIVE!
If the Project Spark Xbox One Beta is out next week after all, we’ll keep you posted!
Project Spark, the really creative looking, upcoming free-to-play game from Team Dakota, will not require an Xbox LIVE Gold subscription on release – it will be free for everyone on Xbox LIVE! Now if you can remember the E3 2013 briefing, this seemed to be Microsofts answer to rival the Playstations Little Big Planet franchise.
Check out the latest trailer above.