Microsoft Shuts Down Game Creation Tool for PC and Xbox One
Aspiring video game developers, we’re sorry to inform you that Microsoft has decided to pull the plug on Project Spark, its game-making tool for the PC and Xbox One. The game has since been removed from the Windows Store and Xbox Store.
Come August 12, 2016, players will no longer be able to access the online services of Project Spark, which is required to download user-generated content, or upload content of their own.
Project Spark was essentially Microsoft’s iteration of
Maker. It provided players with the freedom to create their own in-game objects and characters from scratch, as well as the intricate environments that they’re to be placed in.
“This was an extremely difficult decision for our team that we do not take lightly,” said Thomas Gratz, Community Manager of Team Dakota, the developer of Project Spark in an announcement posted on the game’s official forum.
According to Thomas, Project Spark was given the axe simply because many of its team members were reassigned to other projects within Microsoft Studios. As a result, they were deprived of the manpower needed to provide Project Spark with regular updates and bug fixes.
If you’ve purchased a retail copy of Project Spark, there’s no need to feel shortchanged, as Microsoft will be giving you a refund in the form of credits, which you can use on either the Windows Store or Xbox Store.