SPARK, EXTINGUISHED

Mi­crosoft Shuts Down Game Cre­ation Tool for PC and Xbox One

HWM (Malaysia) - - GAX - NEWSWIRE - Mario Su­per

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.

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