While Project Spark was a surprisingly decent way for newcomers to jump into the world of scripting and game development, it certainly was not the killer exclusive that Microsoft thought it would be. If you noticed that the previous sentence was written in the past tense, that’s a result of Microsoft deciding that it’s time to pull the plug on Project Spark.
As of yesterday evening, Project Spark is no longer available for download from any Microsoft storefronts, and its online component will be shut down completely on August 12. This means that anyone looking to play any creations after this date will have to make sure that they are fully downloaded before then. The writing was certainly on the wall for this happening when Microsoft revealed that Team Dakota was transitioning away from active development on Project Spark last fall.
Despite the fact that there were no layoffs, it’s always a bummer when a game gets shut down for good. In honor of the accomplishments of Team Dakota and Microsoft on this ambitious project, Project Spark Community Manager Thomas Gratz provided the following heartwarming quote:
Despite this news, we want to celebrate the accomplishments of our team and community of creators and players. Our team released 46 content packs, thousands of assets and 16 updates since launch (averaging more than one update every two months). We produced hundreds of livestreams and videos to educate and celebrate our community. In turn, our passionate fans have then gone above and beyond supporting “Project Spark” by uploading hundreds of thousands of creations and dreaming up millions of objects, behaviors, and experiences. Outside the game, they created fan sites, tutorials, forums, apps, and more! We thank everyone who has played or created anything within “Project Spark,” as it would have never existed without you.
Because Project Spark transitioned into being a free product, those who purchased the Project Spark Starter Kit digitally or at retail will receive a credit for their purchase in their account. This credit will allow them to purchase whatever they like from the Xbox storefront. If you fall into this category, click here for more information on getting your credit.
To read our original review of Project Spark, click here.