Microsoft’s creation game, Project Spark, has been discontinued. The unfortunate news was announced on the Project Spark forum by community manager Thomas Gratz. The game itself will no longer be available on the Xbox Marketplace or Windows store. In addition to that, you won’t be able to upload any of your creations. More importantly, if you wish to continue playing your uploaded levels, you’d best download them as soon as you can. You’ll have until 12 August 2016 to download your favourite levels.
It doesn’t end in tears though, as no one is losing their job. Here’s what Gratz had to say in the forum:
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.
It’s always sad to hear about the discontinuation of a game, but I’m particularly bummed as I never got to try it out. Project Spark was going to be one of the first games I played when I finally got my Xbox One. Oh well, c’est la vie.