After some big changes in September
to Project Spark
, including changing the price of the game to completely free, publisher Microsoft and developer Team Dakota have made the decision to discontinue support entirely.
Starting today, May 13th, Project Spark
is now delisted from the Xbox Marketplace and Windows Store, meaning anyone who doesn't already have access to the game will be unable to play it. For existing players, all online servers will become unavailable beginning August 12th, 2016.
Anyone with downloaded content will still be able to access it, but will not be able to download anything new after the shutdown date, or use any of the online features.If you want to access user-generated content offline, you will need to download this content prior to 8/12/16. Be sure to download your favorite community creations and your own uploads if they are not saved locally.
The rest of the announcement
was as follows: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.
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.
As mentioned earlier, for players who purchased and redeemed the Project Spark Starter Kit sold in retail outlets will receive a credit to their Microsoft account. If you purchased and redeemed the code inside a retail copy of Project Spark after Oct. 5, 2015 and before today, you will receive a credit that can be used to purchase content in the Xbox or Windows store. Credits will be granted automatically to eligible customers. For more information, please visit http://xbox.com/spark.
We can’t thank our creators and players enough. It’s been an incredible journey to share with you all!
Looks like players have about three months to download any content they want to keep, or finish up any of the online achievements.
Thanks to the many community members who sent this one in.