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?